Children with HIV to be given all social services
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Under a 2012-2015 plan of the Ministry of Labor, Ward Invalids and Social Affairs, every child with HIV/AIDS will be given care, treatment, education and all proper social services.
A classroom of children with HIV in the Ba Vi 2 Center in Hanoi Photo: Ha Noi Moi
The plan was introduced by the ministry at Tuesday’s seminar on strengthening the leadership of the Party and administration in mitigating the discrimination against children with HIV/AIDS.
The event was held by the Party Central Committee’s Commission for Education and Propaganda.
Every year, Vietnam sees about 4,000 pregnant women contract HIV. With the current mother-to-child transmission rate of 35 percent, there will be about 1,400 newborns at high risk of becoming infected with the deadly virus from their mothers every year, the ministry’s Mother and Children Protection and Care Department warned.
It is forecast that by the end of 2012, about 5,700 children under age 15 will be infected with HIV, the agency said.
Nguyen Trong An, deputy head of the Department, said the ministry was going to submit to the Government a program to support children with HIV/AIDS and offer non-barrier education to them for the 2012-2015 period.
Accordingly, all children with HIV/AIDS will be given appropriate care, treatment, consultancy, education and all necessary social services, An said.
The program will cost VND216 billion (US$10.38 million), he added.