Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Thien Nhan presents the Friendship Order, a high honour of the Vietnamese State, to France’s Prof. Dr. Francoise Barre Sinoussi in Hanoi on April 29.
The French professor received the award for her effective contributions to the HIV/AIDS Prevention Programme in Vietnam and for boosting cooperation between the two countries in the health care sector.
Speaking at the presentation ceremony, Deputy PM Nhan highly valued Prof. Sinoussi’s active and effective assistance, the AIDS and Viral Hepatitis Research (ANRS) and the contributions Pasteur Institute in Paris has made for HIV/AIDS prevention in Vietnam over the past 20 years.
As one of the first person in the world to discover the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV), Sinoussi came to Vietnam to improve the capacity of Vietnamese health workers to diagnose HIV and help the country build an HIV test laboratory where the first HIV patient in Vietnam was diagnosed in December 1990.
In addition to providing on-the-spot training and technological transfers for health officers and equipment for health facilities in Vietnam, the professor organised training courses for Vietnamese scientists in France.
A world-acclaimed scientist who received the 2008 Nobel Prize in medicine, Dr. Sinoussi has helped Vietnamese officers implement programmes for physiology, clinical and sociological research.