HCM City aims to eliminate AIDS pandemic by 2030

(VOV) -HCM City will raise HIV/AIDS prevention and control funding by 30% (about VND10 billion) in 2014.

The target was announced at a December 10 seminar of HCM City Committee for HIV/AIDS Prevention and Control to review its activities over the 2011-2013 period.

Seminar participants acknowledged the financial difficulties the committee has faced during the last three years, exacerbated by the 40% fall in foreign funding.

HCM City’s efforts to refine its fight against HIV/AIDS include human resources training and providing expert consultancy to public healthcare services. The proportion of HIV patients with access to methadone and anti-retroviral treatments has increased.

The city is aiming to lower new HIV infections to 27%, and reduce the rate of mother-to-child transmission to less than 2%.