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Vietnam calls for greater international support for HIV-AIDS preventionVietnam desires to receive continual support and cooperation from donors and international friends to maintain its achievements in combating HIV/AIDS, drug and prostitution.

Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc who also heads the National Committee for HIV/AIDS, Drug and Prostitution Prevention and Control told a December 12 meeting in Hanoi with representatives from international donors of Vietnam.

Vietnam greatly values the donors’ support in finance, technology and experience in this work, noting that the country is still facing challenges in the fight against HIV/AIDS, as well as obstacles hindered by falling international fund and new problems in this field, he said.

UN Resident Coordinator in Vietnam Pratibha Mehta hailed Vietnam’s efforts in boosting socio-economic development and combating HIV/AIDS, drug and prostitution.

The UN official said the country should focus its resources on preventing and controlling HIV/AIDS, while multiplying good models in the field to fulfill its millennium development goals (MDGs).

Representatives from international organizations also pledged technical assistance and experience sharing to help the Vietnamese Government carry out HIV/AIDS, drug and prostitution prevention and control programmes to ensure the country’s achievements in this field.

(VOV)

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