According to apress release issued by the US Embassy in Vietnam, the next phase,with funds from the US President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief(PEPFAR), aims to further reduce HIV/AIDS infections, provide care andsupport for people living with HIV/AIDS, and build capacity for thenational health system.
Deputy Minister of HealthNguyen Thanh Long hailed the remarkable results of the last five yearsof the VAAC-CDC collaboration, saying that they have contributedsignificantly to the control of HIV/AIDS and the successfulimplementation of the National Strategy on HIV/AIDS in Vietnam.
Dr. Michelle McConnell, CDC Country Director, emphasised capacitybuilding as a critical part of the strategy to ensure sustainability.
“We have had 14 years of a very successful partnershipand today marks the beginning of a new phase of that partnership,” shesaid, adding that CDC and VAAC must work together to build capacity andplan for sustainability”.
CDC has been working inVietnam since 2001 and Vietnam has received almost 600 million USDin PEPFAR funds to provide life-saving HIV/AIDS care and treatmentservices since 2004. Last year, CDC provided HIV testing and counselingservices for about 120,000 people and care services to over 80,000people living with the disease.-VNA