The launch, co-organised by the National Committee for AIDS, Drugs and Prostitution Prevention and Control and the Nam Dinh Provincial People’s Committee, was attended by the Committee’s Chairman, Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc; representatives from ministries, agencies, and international organisations; and more than 3,500 local officials and residents.
According to the Ministry of Health, Vietnam has gained significant achievements in its fight against HIV/AIDS over the past two decades.
The country has seen a continuous decline in the number of HIV infections, AIDS patients and deaths in the last three years, and also kept the rate of new HIV infections at 0.26% of the population in 2010, making it among the countries with the lowest rate of HIV infections in the region.
However, the HIV/AIDS epidemic situation still remains complicated and requires drastic and comprehensive measures to control it.
Speaking at the launch, Deputy PM Phuc praised the efforts made by ministries, sectors, localities, media agencies, international organisations and the entire population in the fight against HIV/AIDS.
He urged raising public awareness about the epidemic and changing attitudes and actions towards preventing and controlling HIV/AIDS.
Families and social organisations should improve support for HIV/AIDS infected people and prevent discrimination against them, he said.
The Deputy PM also called on the healthcare sector and relevant agencies to expand care, support, prevention and treatment services for HIV/AIDS patients and ensure all people’s rights to access these services.
The action month will run from November 10 to December 10 nationwide in response to World AIDS Day (December 1) and the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) Strategy for 2011-2015.