Vietnam Should Improve Efficiency Of HIV/AIDS Control Programs

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Vietnam needs to improve the efficiency of its HIV/AIDS controlprograms to reduce the impact and spread of the disease in the country,Deputy Prime Minister Truong Vinh Trong said on Friday at the end of atwo-day conference on HIV/AIDS prevention in Hanoi, Vietnam, the Vietnam News Brief Servicereports. "Localities nationwide have made efforts in implementingHIV/AIDS prevention activities; however, the efficiency is not high,"Trong said, adding that 18 of the country's 60 cities and provinceshave faced challenges in implementation.

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According to Trong,Vietnam's relevant ministries and agencies should promote increasedcooperation with international organizations and implementinterventions to reduce the spread of the disease from high-risk groupsto the general population. Trong asked the relevant ministries to issuepractical plans and measures to help accomplish the national strategyon HIV/AIDS prevention, which aims to keep Vietnam's HIV/AIDSprevalence at less than 0.3%. As of Aug. 30, the country recorded128,367 people living with HIV, 25,119 of whom had developed AIDS. Thecountry also recorded 14,042 AIDS-related deaths, the Vietnam News Brief Servicereports. It is estimated that Vietnam will have about 351,000 peopleliving with HIV, including 157,000 people living with AIDS, by 2010 (Vietnam News Brief Service, 10/12).

Inrelated news, Vietnam recently announced it plans to invest 1,352billion Vietnamese dong, or about $84.5 million, in HIV/AIDS preventionactivities between 2007 and 2010, Xinhua/People's Dailyreports. Most of the funds will be used to prevent new HIV cases amonghigh-risk groups and the general population. Some of the funds alsowill be used to intensify training for health professionals, Xinhua/People's Daily reports (Xinhua/People's Daily, 10/12).

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