Health projects are at the core of NAS' work.
Diseases such as tuberculosis, malaria and HIV/AIDs are common in Cambodia. The first case of HIV was detected in the country in 1991, after which prevalence increased steadily to a high of 2.4% in 1998. A targeted national response led to a decline in prevalence to 0.8% in 2010*. Access to anti-retroviral therapy is significantly improving the health and survival of people living with HIV, but more complex needs, such as livelihoods and social integration need to be addressed too.
Only 30% of the population have access to sanitation systems and 50% to clean drinking water**, which means that illness is spread easily and even diarrhoea can be a serious matter.
Access to and the cost of medical facilities is a real problem in rural areas.
Click on the links to the right to read more about our health projects.