The US Agency for International Development pledged US$5 million to Cambodia's Avian
Influenza program. The September 27 USAID agreement says the funding should be used
to help the government strengthen its human and animal surveillance systems; develop
disease outbreak response capability; improve laboratory diagnostic capacity; and
fund Bird Flu awareness campaigns. Other US agencies including the Center for Disease
Control and Prevention and the Department of Agriculture are already providing assistance.
According to a US Embassy press release, US government assistance to Cambodia's health
sector this year will total more than $37 million.