The European Union will provide humanitarian assistance worth US$5.7 million to Cambodia
over the next 12 months, according to an EU press release.
The aid will be channelled through the European Community Humanitarian Office (ECHO)
and will fund activities of NGOs in areas of health care, assistance to people affected
by conflict, emergency aid to refugees and demining.
Funds will be directed to vulnerable sections of the Cambodian population, including
communities in former Khmer Rouge-held zones. Specific target groups include internally
displaced people, returnees, children under 15, women, disabled people, isolated
communities, and landmine or epidemic victims.
One project well-underway with support from ECHO is the development of a new airport
in Anlong Veng which when completed in mid-July will enable the delivery of much
needed medical supplies to help combat an on-going malaria epidemic.
Working in conjunction with Medecins Sans Front-ieres, a new clinic and hospital
has been established in the former Khmer Rouge stronghold.
Since February of this year, MSF staff have diagnosed 643 cases of malaria with 11
fatalities from the disease in April and May alone.