In response to ‘World AIDS Day’ on December 1, the Ministry of Health and the People’s Committee of Can Tho City in the Mekong Delta held a meeting on November 24 to launch the ‘National Action Month’ for HIV/AIDS Prevention and Control.
The program was launched under the motto ‘Towards No New HIV Infections’, with an aim to raise awareness and encourage people to join in to prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS. The Action Month debuts on November 10 and ends on December 10.
In the last 20 years, Vietnam has made tremendous efforts to prevent and control HIV/AIDS from spreading with remarkable success in curbing the spread of HIV transmission.
Statistics from the Department for AIDS Prevention under the Ministry of Health show that Vietnam currently has 206,435 HIV carriers; living HIV-infected people are around 59,200; and more than 62,000 have died so far of the deadly disease. In the first nine months of this year, the nation detected 8,560 new cases of HIV.
The national strategy for HIV/AIDS prevention until 2020 with vision for 2030 considers the disease as a serious threat to people and accordingly HIV/AIDS prevention has been placed as an important task for the future and needs the cooperation of all related agencies.
The responsibility of all related agencies is to raise people’s knowledge of HIV/AIDS and apprise them of measures that can be taken to prevent the disease, especially in poor and remote areas, where awareness is still greatly lacking.