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Deputy PM Vu Duc Dam gave priority to HIV/AIDS prevention

Updated at Saturday, 11 Jun 2016, 11:19
The Hanoitimes - Deputy PM Vu Duc Dam is leading a Vietnamese delegation to attend the UN General Assembly high-level meeting on HIV/AIDS in New York. On June 9, the Deputy PM made the speech that HIV/AIDS prevention and control are regarded as the Vietnamese Government’s prioritized task.
 
Deputy PM Vu Duc Dam made speech at the meeting
Deputy PM Vu Duc Dam made speech at the meeting
 
Viet Nam has continuously increased resources for HIV/AIDS prevention and control and become one of the top Asian-Pacific nations to respond to the UN’s the 90-90-90 targets. The Deputy PM called for maintaining assistance for HIV/AIDS carriers, encouraging the international sponsors to help people living with HIV/AIDS and vulnerable ones so to end the disease by 2030.  

At the meeting, the Vietnamese delegation joined a number of discussions related to measures to mobilize resources for struggling against HIV/AIDS. The Vietnamese Government continues investment in HIV prevention and control programs such as increasing the State and local budgets for the activity and rising the health insurance fund.  

Deputy Minister of Health Nguyen Thanh Long said that the international community highly appraised Viet Nam’s efforts and experience in HIV/AIDS prevention and control in terms of the reduction of the number of new HIV/AIDS carriers and the HIV transmission from mothers to their infants and the  highest number of drug addicts using Methadone in the region.

The United Nations Wednesday adopted a progressive, new and actionable Political Declaration on Ending AIDS which includes a set of specific, time-bound targets that must be reached by 2020 to end the AIDS epidemic by 2030 within the framework of the Sustainable Development Goals.

The declaration was adopted by member states during the United Nations General Assembly High-Level Meeting on Ending AIDS, now underway in New York. Caribbean Community (CARICOM) countries met ahead of the conference to put forward a regional approach to the meeting.

Heads of State and Government, ministers, people living with HIV, representatives of civil society, international organizations, the private sector, scientists and researchers have gathered to build on the commitments made in the Political Declaration and to set the world on course to end the AIDS epidemic as a public health threat by 2030.

By December 2015, 17 million people were accessing antiretroviral medicines and new HIV infections among children and AIDS-related deaths have been considerably reduced. There has also been progress in reducing tuberculosis deaths among people living with HIV. The Deputy Prime Minister reaffirmed that Vietnam’s strong commitment to joining efforts along with other countries to eliminate the HIV/AIDS pandemic by 2030.  
By Tuan Minh
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