Phnom Penh – As the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the Kingdom increases, Germany announced today to provide 1.5 million EUR to support the COVID-19 Emergency Response Plan of the Government of the Kingdom of Cambodia. The Plan aims to prevent, detect and respond to the rapid global spread of COVID-19 in the country. The Institut Pasteur du Cambodge (IPC) is currently the only reference laboratory test center for the new Coronavirus called SARS CoV-2. The additional German government funds are earmarked for the Institut Pasteur. It will cooperate with the National Institute of Public Health to ensure that the country is prepared for the upcoming challenges for virus testing and further diagnostics.
Ambassador Christian Berger: “Germany is a longstanding development partner of the Kingdom of Cambodia, active in the health care sector since 2003. The corona crisis is a global threat, which we only can face jointly and in solidarity. For a good containment strategy, it is now crucial to have good capacities for virus testing in place. Only if you know that someone is infected, you can isolate and treat him or her properly. That’s why we focus our support on this crucial area.”
The outbreak of the virus emerged from Wuhan, China in December 2019. Meanwhile, it has reached over 190 countries with worldwide around 340.000 infections.
The COVID-19 Emergency Response Plan is under the authority of the Ministry of Health. The support of development partners like Germany is coordinated through the World Health Organization (WHO) and includes contributions from the World Bank and other development partners.