National Assembly Chairman Nguyen Phu Trong called on Asian-Pacific parliamentarians to intensify cooperation in policy and law making to prevent HIV/AIDS at the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) seminar on HIV/AIDS in Hanoi on December 11.
Chairman Trong praised the IPU’s initiative to organise the seminar, which, he said, provided a good chance for members of parliament (MP) to share experiences and increase cooperation in legislation concerning HIV/AIDS prevention and control.
He added that combating HIV/AIDS takes a long time, requiring close cooperation and mutual support between countries in order to prevent the pandemic.
Over the last three decades, about 60 million people worldwide have been tested positive for HIV, which caused losses to not only their families but also to humankind, Mr Trong said.
Deputy Minister of Public Works of South Africa Hendrietta Bogopane-Zulu and other MPs spoke highly of Vietnam’s efforts in HIV/AIDS prevention. They also pledged to fight against the disease transmission.
Hendrietta Bogopane-Zulu, who is also head of IPU advisory group on HIV/AIDS, said it is necessary to break down discrimination and stigma towards HIV carriers and increase their participation in the law-making process.
Delegates agreed upon proposed recommendations, including increasing trans-national cooperation and creating conditions for people living with HIV/AIDS to approach available drugs.
The two-day seminar closed on December 11.