France strengthens support to Vietnam against HIV/AIDS and hepatitis
Friday, 2018-01-19 04:46:17
NDO – The Vietnamese Ministry of Health (MOH) and the French National Agency for Research on AIDS and Viral Hepatitis (ANRS) have reached a Memorandum of Understanding to strengthen their cooperation in the field of scientific research and medicine to combat HIV/AIDS and hepatitis in Vietnam.
Under the agreement, ANRS will provide scientific and financial support to collaborative research facilities in the country, known as "ANRS’s Vietnamese research sites." These facilities will promote joint activities in experience exchanges, technology transfer and training, as well as implementing common research projects related to the characteristics of the disease in Vietnam.
The Vietnam Administration for HIV/AIDS Control is responsible to coordinate the cooperation activities with ANRS in Vietnam.
Prof. Dr. Nguyen Thanh Long, Deputy Minister of Health, emphasised that the cooperation between the MOH and ANRS resulted in an HIV/AIDS research site in Southeast Asia in 2001. It lays a foundation for establishing a collaborative research centre in the region and facilitating international collaboration in the research and prevention of HIV/AIDS and related diseases.
In the future, the Ho Chi Minh City Pasteur Institute, as well as Ho Chi Minh City, Hanoi and Hai Phong, will continue to maintain ANRS-supported research in both technical and financial terms, Long said, adding that new research directions in the field would help Vietnam to actively respond to HIV/AIDS and hepatitis virus.
Since 2001, technologies transferred by the French side have been applied effectively in Vietnam. Local PhDs and masters have been provided with training in France, contributing to the integration of Vietnam’s scientific research into the world and improving the quality of care and treatment for HIV patients.