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Viet Nam spends over 24 million USD on HIV/AIDS control
  04/01/2006 -- 21:32(GMT+7)
Ha Noi (VNA) - The fight against HIV/AIDS in Viet Nam has absorbed 24.06 million USD of public fund over the 2001-05 period, said Deputy Finance Minister Huynh Thi Nhan.
The money, coming from both the State and provincial budgets, has covered all aspects of the fight ranging from public education on the deadly disease's risks to medical treatment and consultation for HIV carriers.
For the period from 2001-07, the Government has also received 185 million USD in aid for the fight from international agencies, foreign Governments and non-Governmental organisations, Nhan said.
As a result, the country began curbing the increase in the number of HIV/AIDS patients and mitigated the epidemic's impact on the society, especially children.
She was committed to proper State budget allocations for the national action plan on HIV/AIDS control up to 2010 and the Vision 2020 strategy in order to speed up the fight, focusing on children.
Efforts will be made to mobilise the entire society and domestic communities to take care of disadvantaged children, especially HIV-infected or HIV/AIDS-affected children, Nhan said.
"Viet Nam is looking for stronger financial support from the international community for the fight against HIV/AIDS," said the financial executive.--Enditem
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