Viet Nam’s AIDS epidemic is under control, Deputy Prime Minister Vũ Đức Đam told the United Nations June 8-10 High-Level Meeting on Ending AIDS.
Đam also declared that preventing and fighting AIDS is a priority of the his government.
He attributed the curtailing of the infection to the cooperation and support of the international community and sponsors, adding that HIV-infected patients do not face discrimination. Rather, they are viewed as people who need care and treatment.
According to the deputy PM, Việt Nam has continually increased resources for HIV/AIDS prevention and control and is the first Asia-Pacific country to respond to the UN’s 90-90-90 targets.
At the New York event, a Vietnamese woman living with HIV urged the international community not to ignore HIV/AIDS victims.
On the sidelines of the event, Đam held meetings with Executive Director of the Joint UN Action Programme on HIV/AIDS, Executive Director of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, US Ambassador and Global AIDS Coordinator cum Director of the US President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief.
He thanked the international partners for their support to Việt Nam over the past years.
Dam said his colleagues praised Việt Nam as a model in the fight against HIV/AIDS in the region and the world, and pledged their support in helping Viet Nam achieve the 90-90-90 targets by 2020, with a goal of eliminating AIDS by 2030.