WASHINGTON, D.C (VNS)— Viet Nam hopes the US President’s Emergency Plan For AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) will continue providing resources, including technical assistance, to make HIV/AIDS prevention in Viet Nam more effective.
Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc made the proposal at a meeting with PEPFAR leaders in Washington, D.C yesterday.
Phuc, who is also chairman of the Viet Nam National Committee for HIV/AIDS, Drugs and Prostitution Prevention and Control, said as Viet Nam is becoming a middle-income nation, aid for HIV/AIDS prevention is decreasing, affecting treatment for AIDS patients and drug users under Methadone therapy.
However, Phuc voiced the Vietnamese government’s commitment to maintaining its existing HIV/AIDS prevention programme by increasing the budget, mobilising social engagement, and optimising resources for the fight in Viet Nam.
Phuc appreciated PEPFAR’s assistance for Viet Nam’s HIV/AIDS prevention, saying the US programme is currently the biggest aid donor for the endeavour in the country. More than 70 per cent of the patients are benefiting from a PEPFAR-funded Methadone treatment project.
Deborah von Zinkernagel, Principal Deputy Global AIDS Coordinator, confirmed that her organisation – the Office of the US Global AIDS Coordinator – will provide continued support for Viet Nam’s AIDS prevention efforts.
The deputy PM is visiting the US from August 21-30 to attend Viet Nam’s Advanced Management and Leadership Program at Harvard University. — VNS