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HIV/AIDS control programmes face several difficulties

Update: November, 12/2015 - 17:06
Police deliver leaflets on HIV/AIDS prevention and control to residents in the northern mountainous province of Son La. The HIV/AIDS prevention and control programmes have met obstacles due to fund and man power shortage. — Photo

HCM CITY (VNS) — HIV/AIDS prevention and control programmes in different provinces and cities are facing several obstacles and challenges related to manpower and funds.

The participants of a conference on HIV/AIDS prevention and control, which was held today in HCM City by the health ministry, spoke about these issues.

Several representatives said the system of management and supervision from provincial-level offices to commune-level offices was inefficient due to worker shortage.

Most of the funds for the programmes come from international sponsors because the supply of local funds is limited.

Deputy Director of the Administration of HIV/AIDS Control Phan Thi Thu Huong said the number of international sponsors of the programmes had reduced, and so provinces and cities should try different supervision programmes to save funds.

Vo Hai Son, head of the supervision, evaluation and testing division under the Administration of HIV/AIDS Control, said the public security, labour, invalids and social affairs and health sectors should jointly operate and conduct programmes to have unanimous statistics on the issue, which would provide a good environment to supervise the HIV/AIDS situation.

During the past 25 years, since the first person living with HIV was discovered in Viet Nam, the country has made the HIV/AIDS supervision and evaluation programme as one of the programmes that is based on the United Nations' demands. — VNS

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