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Conference looks at new ways to tackle HIV/AIDS

Update: December, 03/2013 - 10:16
Raising people's awareness of HIV/AIDS is the aim of the fifth national scientific conference on the prevention and control of the epidemic, which started in Ha Noi yesterday.—VNA/VNS Photo Duong Ngoc

HA NOI (VNS)— Deputy PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc has asked researchers to create a strategy for HIV/AIDS studies to develop effective intervention models.

Addressing the fifth national scientific conference on HIV/AIDS prevention in Ha Noi yesterday, the deputy PM added that the outcome of the studies would be applied nationwide.

Localities should mobilise more resources and invest more in HIV/AIDS prevention while raising people's awareness on the issue and reducing discrimination against HIV/AIDS infected people, he said.

He also asked the health ministry and others, relevant branches and agencies to strengthen service supply to ensure the rights of every person to access HIV prevention and treatment services.

The deputy PM said he hoped Viet Nam would be able to control the epidemic in order to fulfill the national target set by the Government.

The Government official also commended the contributions made by ministries, branches, localities, social organisations, the media and the public.

Over the past 20 years, Viet Nam had made impressive achievements, including reducing the HIV infection rate to under 0.3 per cent, and decreasing in the number of new HIV cases and deaths caused by AIDS for four consecutive years, according to the deputy PM.

To achieve these, the Party, State and community had paid special attention to HIV/AIDS prevention through legislature, resources, inter-ministerial collaboration and international co-operation, he added.

During the two-day event, 100 scientific reports will be presented at six seminars. — VNS

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