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Official calls for approval of HIV/AIDS prevention project

Update: September, 01/2014 - 08:19
The total number of people with HIV in the country was 219,163 as of June, with 67,557 others having full-blown AIDS.— Photo tiengchuong

HCM CITY(VNS) — A deputy head of the Administration of HIV/AIDS Control last Friday urged people's committees in provinces and cities to quickly approve a project on the local HIV/AIDS prevention and allocate funds for it.

At a meeting between the National Assembly's Committee for Social Affairs and relevant agencies in the southern region, Pham Thi Thu Huong said only 26 provinces and cities have so far approved and funded the HIV/AIDS prevention programme, which has been handed down to them by the Government since foreign aid for it has decreased.

Ha Tinh Province has earmarked VND4.5 billion (US$214,300) annually for the next five years, while Khanh Hoa has approved VND7.7 billion ($366,660) for the next two years, she said.

The total number of people with HIV in the country was 219,163 as of June, with 67,557 others having full-blown AIDS.

Though new HIV and AIDS incidence as well as the number of deaths have reduced since 2007, there is a fear that if the funding is not adequate to maintain preventive activities, the incidence could rise again, she said.

An upward trend is already seen in the south-eastern and northern mountainous regions, she said.

Also bucking the trend of falling incidence is the 30-39 age group, which has been contracting HIV at an increasing rate since 2002.

Only one a third of the people with HIV in the country have received treatment so far.

Nguyen Van Cuong, deputy head of the Tay Ninh Province Department of Health, said the Government should increase allocation for HIV prevention since many provinces and cities lack resources and thus push the issue to the back burner. — VNS

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