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Meeting marks World AIDS Day
12-01-2008, 05:12 pm

Hanoi (VNA) – Deputy Prime Minister Truong Vinh Trong and many Party and State senior officials joined about 3,500 Hanoians in a grand meeting and march on Nov. 30 to mark the World AIDS Day (Dec. 1).

Meanwhile, millions of people in 53 provinces and cities throughout the country also took part in meetings at provincial, district and commune levels in a wide movement to raise public’s awareness of AIDS and prevention of the impact of the AIDS pandemic.

Deputy PM Trong, Chairman of the National Committee for Prevention Control of AIDS, Drug Abuse and Prostitution, called on all organisations, agencies, and individuals to actively participate in preventing the spread of AIDS.

He affirmed that the meetings and marches across the country reflect the consensus of the entire Party and people in the fight against HIV/AIDS. The event marked a new HIV/AIDS prevention movement which involves every individual, every family and the community, especially HIV carriers, the Deputy PM said.

By October 31, 2008, Vietnam had detected 135,171 people with HIV, including 29.134 AIDS patients, and 41,418 of them died. People with HIV have been detected in all provinces and cities, 97.52 per cent of districts and 69.93 percent of communes and wards across the country.

Nguyen Thi Hai, a representative of people with HIV, expressed her hope that authorities at all levels will provide more favourable conditions and supports for HIV carriers to receive treatment and re-integrate into the community, especially to get jobs to earn their living.

Speaking at the meeting, Eamonn Murphy, UNAIDS Country Director in Vietnam, said he believed that Vietnam would be able to cope with HIV and obtain the Millennium Goals on schedule.

The same day, the Vietnam General Confederation of Labour held a meeting in response to the National Month of Action to Prevent and Control HIV/AIDS

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