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More support needed in fight against HIV/AIDS

Update: December, 11/2012 - 09:49

HA NOI (VNS)— Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc has called on the international community to continue supporting Viet Nam in its efforts to effectively combat HIV/AIDS despite a decrease in available funding.

The Government official met in Ha Noi yesterday with groups of donors who have supported the country's fight against HIV/AIDS, drugs and prostitution.

The donors' delegation was led by United Nations Resident Co-ordinator Pratibha Mehta, co-chair of the Ambassadors/UN Heads of Agency Informal Co-ordination Group on HIV/AIDS.

Phuc applauded their technical and financial support, particularly the implementation of harm reduction programmes and drug trafficking control.

Mehta praised the efforts of the Vietnamese Government to ensure the sustainability of the national response to HIV/AIDS, and highly commended the country for having increased the state budget allocation for HIV/AIDS AIDS threefold over the last five years. She also praised the decision to approve a National Target Programme on HIV that saw a 20 per cent increase this year in the amount of the state budget. — VNS

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