Foreign experts honored for contributing to health sector in VN

Wednesday 26/08/2020 08:00

VGP - The Ministry of Health held a ceremony in Ha Noi on August 25 to present the “For people’s health” insignia to three foreign experts in recognition of their contributions to the Vietnamese health sector and the cause of HIV/AIDS prevention and control in particular.

The Ministry of Health held a ceremony in Ha Noi on August 25 to present the “For people’s health” insignia to three foreign experts in recognition of their contributions to the Vietnamese health sector and the cause of HIV/AIDS prevention and control in particular.

The honored experts were Marie-Odile Emond, Country Director of the Joint United Nations Program on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) in Viet Nam; John Michael Blandford, Country Director of the US Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (US CDC) in Viet Nam; and Paula Morgan, Deputy Director of the US CDC in Viet Nam.

Marie-Odile Emond, who has worked as UNAIDS Country Director in Viet Nam since 2017, has helped strengthen national coordination in mobilizing and optimizing the use of resources for the country’s HIV/AIDS, drug and prostitution prevention and control.

She also called for assistance to Viet Nam in building legal documents and policies in the field.
Meanwhile, John Micheal Blandford initiated and led the U=U (Undetectable = Untransmittable) campaign, or K=K in Vietnamese, making the US CDC in Viet Nam the pioneer in implementing the US President's Emergency Plan For AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) in the globe.

Together with the US CDC Country Director, Paula Morgan directed the building of four PEPFAR Viet Nam Country Operational Plans (COPs) in the 2016-2020 period to ensure sponsorship for the country’s HIV programs through the setting up of priorities in science and technology as well as the review and re-forming of annual goals for the seeking and treatment of people living with HIV.

Addressing the ceremony, Acting Minister of Health Nguyen Thanh Long highly valued the contributions and support of the foreign experts, especially in the coordination of resources, policy support and consultations to Government agencies to draw out HIV’AIDS strategies.

He underlined that the Vietnamese health sector hopes for stronger international cooperation and more assistance from the international community and organizations in the field of HIV/AIDS control.
He noted that the Prime Minister has approved a National Strategy on ending AIDS in 2030.

So far, Viet Nam is a bright spot in the world in the HIV/AIDS fight, with the number of infections and deaths falling consecutively since 2008. Viet Nam is also one of the four countries in the world with highest ratio of treatment compliance./.

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