Oxfam supports children affected with HIV in HCM City

Wednesday 31/07/2019 09:00

VGP - A project on ensuring children living with HIV or affected by HIV/AIDS to get access and benefit from their legal rights was launched in Ho Chi Minh City on July 30.

The event was jointly organized by the city’s HIV/AIDS prevention and control association and Oxfam Viet Nam.

Speaking at the event, head of the HCM City HIV/AIDS prevention association Tieu Thi Thu Van said that 25,000 children under 16 years old in Ho Chi Minh City are living with HIV or affected by HIV/AIDS. They still face discrimination from the community and difficulties in accessing health services.

The project targets children under 18 year olds, who are being treated with ARV and their caregivers at 27 outpatient clinics across the city to improve the awareness on children’s rights and meet demands for legal assistance.

The association expects the project to boost awareness of children’s rights among 1,000 affected children; 500 caregivers and 30 public personnel of local wards and communes.

The conduction of the project from June 2019 to May 2020 is set to offer vocational training to 30 teenagers and legal assistance to 200 children, while supporting 200 children in obtaining health insurance cards.

Van expected that besides legal assistance, children affected by HIV/AIDS will receive psychological assistance to comprehend their rights.

In addition, the project will also help promote activities to raise the awareness and capacity of people who take care for children and support children to access to financial resources from the State and international organizations.

By Thuy Dung

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