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Global Fund to continue financial support to VN

Update: March, 27/2015 - 14:42
Deputy Minister Vu Duc Dam meets with the Global Fund representatives yesterday in Ha Noi. – VNA/VNS Photo

HA NOI (VNS) — Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam has asked the Global Fund to continue assisting Viet Nam in researching methadone detoxification methods.

He said the fund should also help the country to deal with difficulties in rehabilitation and in preventing the spread of HIV.

During his meeting with the head of the Global Funds High Impact Asia Urban Weber in Ha Noi yesterday, the Deputy PM suggested the country needed technical support and new approach methods for implementing a national strategy to fight tuberculosis in Viet Nam, as well as technical and financial support towards eliminating dengue fever.

The Deputy PM thanked the fund for assisting Viet Nam in implementing projects on preventing and controlling HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and dengue fever, improving public health in Viet Nam.

The fund has provided more than US$250 million to Viet Nam, and has committed to give an additional $173 million to fight these diseases between 2014 and 2017, he said.

For his part, Weber pledged the Global Fund would continue to give Viet Nam financial, professional and technical support in preventing and combating HIV/AIDS.

As a non-profit organisation sponsored by a number of countries, non-governmental organisations and individuals, the Global Fund has provided more than $10 billion towards preventing and fighting HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and dengue, as well as improving healthcare systems in 140 countries, Weber said. — VNS

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