VUSTA leaders urges to involve CBOs in HIV prevention

Posted at: TUEsday - 30/09/2014 11:10 - post name: Cộng tác viên

VUSTA leaders urges to involve CBOs in HIV prevention

Developing sustainable community system will reaffirm the role of community-based organizations (CBOs) in controlling and preventing HIV/AIDS in Vietnam, said Dr. Dang Vu Minh, President of the Vietnam Union of Science and Technology Associations (VUSTA).

 At a September 25-26 conference in Hanoi, which was attended by Mr. Nguyen Hoang Long, Director General of the Vietnam Administration of HIV/AIDS Control and Prevention; Dr. Kristan Schoultz, UNAIDS Vietnam Country Director, Mr. Joakim Parker, Director of the USAID Vietnam Mission, Dr. Minh said the system will offer chances for CBOs to share experiences and make recommendations to maintain the effectiveness of HIV/AIDS prevention programs.

VUSTA President Minh said over the past years, Vietnamese social organizations have gained significant achievements in controlling and preventing HIV/AIDS.

Within the framework of the VUSTA Component – Global Fund supported project on HIV/AIDS Prevention alone, 83 grassroots organizations and two networks (the Vietnam National Network of People Living with HIV/AIDS and the Vietnam Network of People Who Use Drugs) have been established and 293 training courses have been organized to provide prevention services to more than 300,000 people, he said.


Mr. Nguyen Hoang Long said it is a must to keep CBOs and NGOs updated with the National Strategy on HIV/AIDS Prevention Program in order to encourage their involvement in preventing the disease.

It is necessary to connect Vietnamese CBOs and NGOs with foreign donors and strengthen links between governments agencies and NGOs, he said, adding CBOs and NGOs should be financed through internationally-funded projects.

The workshop, part of the the VUSTA Component – Global Fund supported project on HIV/AIDS prevention, also provided participants with information about policies for drug users, prostitutes, and people living with HIV/AIDS; as well as HIV/AIDS infections in Vietnam.

News and photo: Thanh Thuy

Translated by Dic

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