Sunday, July 19, 2009

HIV/AIDS likely to spread quickly in Vietnam - HIV/AIDS likely to spread quickly in Vietnam

HIV/AIDS likely to spread quickly in Vietnam
HIV/AIDS is likely to spread quickly in Vietnam, especially among children, warned the HIV/AIDS Prevention and Control Association at its congress in Hanoi on July 4.

Established on August 1st, 2007, the HIV/AIDS Prevention and Control Association has set to work to raise awareness in the community of the importance of combating the deadly disease and assist HIV/AIDS carriers in getting access to medical treatments.

According to the association’s Vice President, Dr. Tran Thi Phuong Mai, the association has explored an approach to training healthy, volunteer HIV carriers to develop skills that they can later use to care for and give counselling to both others with the disease and families of the infected.

Adopting this approach, the association, in collaboration with the US ’s RAAS Company, organised two courses in Hanoi and the Mekong delta city of Can Tho for 73 HIV carriers.

It has also coordinated with the Health Ministry’s HIV/AIDS Prevention and Control Department to hold seven training courses for 700 health workers in Hanoi, northern Hai Phong city, central Da Nang city, Ho Chi Minh City and Can Tho.
The association aims to open three more courses for HIV carriers in Hai Phong, Da Nang and Ho Chi Minh City, and set up chapters in localities with high infection rates of HIV/AIDS by 2010 before expanding its operations to other cities and provinces.

The Health Ministry’s HIV/AIDS Prevention and Control Department reported that as of June 16, 146,611 people in the country are carrying the HIV virus, among whom 31,889 have developed full blown AIDS. It also reported that 42,771 people have died of the disease.
VNA/VOVNe
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