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Former U.S. President Bill Clinton to visit AIDS project in Cambodia

Former U.S. President Bill Clinton to visit AIDS project in Cambodia

Former U.S. President Bill Clinton will visit Cambodia next week to tour a project on combating AIDS, a spokesman for the former president's foundation said Tuesday.
The visit, scheduled to begin next Monday, is part of a wider tour that Clinton is scheduled to take through Asian countries hit by the Indian Ocean tsunami in December 2004.
Clinton, whose two-year appointment as U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan's special tsunami envoy ends Dec. 31, is also due to visit India, Thailand and Indonesia, three of the countries hardest hit by the disaster that killed over 216,000 people in 12 countries.
During his visit to Cambodia he will "focus on the work that his foundation has done in Cambodia around HIV/AIDS and the support that we've provided the government of Cambodia," said Alex Hurd, program coordinator of the Clinton Foundation HIV/AIDS Initiative in Southeast Asia.
HIV is the virus that causes AIDS.
Clinton is scheduled to arrive in Cambodia on Dec. 4, according to an itinerary released later Tuesday.
U.S. Ambassador Joseph Mussomeli said it will be the first visit by Clinton to Cambodia.
"Because of the warming relationship between America and Cambodia, we're arranging for a meeting between the prime minister (Hun Sen) and President Clinton," he said.
Clinton is supposed to spend two days in Cambodia, in the capital Phnom Penh and later visiting the famed Angkor temple complex in Siem Reap province.
The Clinton Foundation established its presence in Cambodia in June 2005. One of its activities is to help increase access to antiretroviral therapy for HIV-positive children.
Through the foundation's assistance, the number of Cambodian children receiving treatment for HIV infection has increased from 400 to more than 1,200 within the past year, according to the organization's official Web site.
Cambodia, one of the world's poorest countries, has an HIV infection rate of 1.9 percent among people aged 15-49, among the highest in Southeast Asia.
Some 12,000 Cambodian children under the age of 15 live with the AIDS virus, according to the United Nations.
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Updated : 2021-10-24 05:53 GMT+08:00