(CPV) – US Secretary of Health and Human Services, Ms Kathleen Sebelius, on June 18 concluded a 2-day visit to Vietnam as part of an Asia-Pacific regional tour to foster international collaboration and mobilize resources to enhance global health security.
The Secretary met with the Minister of Health Nguyen Thi Kim Tien to sign the agreement on health and medical sciences cooperation. This agreement reflects the importance of the bilateral partnership and establishes a foundation to strengthen Vietnam’s efforts to detect and effectively respond to public health emergencies, and prevent global health threats, such as avian influenza and HIV/AIDS.
So far, Vietnam has become the only nation in Asia and one of 15 nations in the world receiving benefits from US in this area. Thanks to this cooperation, as many as 70,000 Vietnamese patients are getting free antiretroviral drugs (ARV) treatments.
Secretary Sebelius gave a speech on global health security at the Hanoi Medical University and visited Ha Vy market – one of the largest poultry markets in Thuong Tin district, Hanoi.
While in Ho Chi Minh city, the Secretary and her delegation visited HIV/AIDS care and treatment centers, including Pediatrics Hospital No 1, the largest hospital of its kind in the South of the nation.
Since 2004, Vietnam has received almost USD600 million in US President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) funds to provide life-saving HIV/AIDS care and treatment services. Currently, the PEPFAR program, through its other implementing agencies, including CDC, is working closely with Vietnam to plan for future program sustainability./.