US$55 million approved for HIV/AIDS prevention project during 2018-20

Friday, 2018-03-16 11:23:23
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The US$55 project will be deployed in 32 cities and provinces across the nation in the next two years, aimed at facilitating the National Strategy on HIV/AIDS Prevention and Control. (Photo: tiengchuong.vn)
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NDO – The Prime Minister has approved investment for the deployment of the Global Fund for HIV/AIDS Prevention and Control in Vietnam during 2018-2020.

Funded by the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (the Global Fund), the project aims to facilitate the implementation of the National Strategy on HIV/AIDS Prevention and Control in the country, with the aim of controlling the overall prevalence of HIV at below 0.3% and reduce the impact of HIV/AIDS on socio-economic development.

During its deployment, the project is set to expand essential packages on HIV interventions and implement new testing methods in 32 provinces and cities that will benefit from the plan. Delegation of HIV confirmatory tests is expected to be extended to the district level to facilitate early diagnosis.

The project also offers ARV treatment for adults in 32 target localities, as well as providing ARV for children nationwide (approximately 5,000 infants and children per year). Pregnant women in the districts with high HIV prevalence in the aforementioned localities are tested for HIV.

In addition, the use of health insurance for people with HIV and communication on the benefits of health insurance for clients will be enhanced.

A member of the Global Fund provides information on HIV/AIDS prevention and control. (Photo: VNA)

The project will be implemented by the Ministry of Health (MOH) over the next two years in the following 32 provinces and cities: Ho Chi Minh City, Hanoi, Thai Nguyen, Hai Phong, Dien Bien, An Giang, Son La, Can Tho, Quang Ninh, Thanh Hoa, Ba Ria-Vung Tau, Binh Duong, Dong Nai, Nam Dinh, Nghe An, Ninh Binh, Bac Giang, Hai Duong, Thai Binh, Lai Chau, Yen Bai, Dong Thap, Khanh Hoa, Kien Giang, Long An, Phu Tho, Lao Cai, Vinh Phuc, Tay Ninh, Bac Ninh, Soc Trang, and Ca Mau.

Total investment for the project worth over US$55 million has been sourced from the State budget, of which US$53 million has been offered by the Global Fund in the form of non-refundable ODA and the rest covered by reciprocal capital worth VND46 billion.

The MOH was assigned to sign a grant agreement on the project with the Global Fund and related parties, as well as implementing the scheme in accordance with the regulations.