Vietnam, India enhance cooperation to fight against AIDS

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NDO - Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam hosted a reception in Hanoi on May 12 for Arun Kumar Panda, Chairman of the HIV/AIDS Research and Care Centre, India.

Speaking at the meeting, Deputy PM Vu Duc Dam spoke highly of the cooperation between the Ministry of Health of Vietnam and the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare of India in many fields, especially in the treatment of drug addiction and HIV/AIDS prevention and control.

In Vietnam, the rate of HIV prevalence among injecting drug users dropped from 29% in 2001 to 9.3% in 2016 thanks to methadone maintenance therapy programmes, the Deputy PM said.

In the coming time, Vietnam will continue to expand treatment and accelerate medicine distribution at the grassroots level, as well as apply information technology to improve the effectiveness of treatment, he noted, adding that Vietnam wished to learn from the experiencesof India in the field.

For his part, Chairman of the HIV/AIDS Research and Care Centre Arun Kumar Panda valued Vietnam’s efforts in the fight against HIV/AIDS in the past years.

He emphasised that the centre will actively support Vietnam to study buprenorphine treatment, as well as access medical sources in India.