|The governments of the United States and Viet Nam celebrated the 20th anniversary of US-Viet Nam health cooperation and normalised bilateral relations.—VNS Photo Linh Anh
HA NOI (VNS) — The US government health programme in Viet Nam has provided funds of more than US$900 million since the 1995 normalisation of relations.
This accounts for approximately 75 per cent of the US government's overall asistance to Viet Nam.
This information was released this morning in Ha Noi during the 20th anniversary celebrations of US–Viet Nam health co-operation initiatives and normalised bilateral relations.
During the celebration, Ambassador of the United States of America to Viet Nam Ted Osius and Minister of Health Nguyen Thi Kim Tien awarded medals "for People's Health" to eight American diplomats and issued US Embassy Certificates of Appreciation to 32 Vietnamese individuals for their dedicated contributions towards advancing bilateral heath co-operation.
In her opening remarks, Tien said the year 2015 marked a milestone for a long and meaningful partnership in health between the two countries.
Tien said Viet Nam–US health partnerships had been growing steadily in many important areas of public health, including co-operation in the fields of HIV/AIDS, preventative medicine, military and civilian medicine and science and technology.
Ambassador Ted Osius said since Viet Nam and the United States had normalised relations, the two countries' health collaboration had saved countless lives in Viet Nam and strengthened the well-being of families and comunities thoughout the nation.
Osius said the US President's Emergency Plan for AIDS relief (PEPFAR) has been the largest contributor to Viet Nam's HIV response.
"Through PEPFAR, more than 100,000 people in Viet Nam are on ARV treatment, and 40,000 people are on methadone maintenance treatment," Osius said.
He added that the US government was also the largest bilateral supporter of influenza prevention and control in Viet Nam and that it supported other areas, including tuberculosis, malaria, tobacco control and road safety, as well as food safety, disabilities, disaster preparedness, coastal medicine and infectious disease prevention and control.— VNS