Vietnam Investment Review (06.22.2013)
Aids Weekly Plus
The five-year US Agency for International Development (USAID) HIV Workplace Project has helped more than 1,400 people infected with or affected by HIV/AIDS to find a job or run their own businesses. On June 21, the program held a closing ceremony touting the impressive progress. However, USAID Viet Nam Director Joakim Parker noted that, in spite of the program’s notable achievements, Viet Nam was still likely to miss the Millennium Development Goal target of reversing the epidemic. The US $3 million project began in 2008 and expanded HIV prevention workplace-based activities, offering job placement training and support to 118 enterprises in eight cities and provinces, and training more than 100,000 people in HIV prevention. Vietnamese micro-finance providers gave HIV-positive persons more than $100,000 in loans. The Labour Ministry's Department for Prevention of Social Evils Deputy Director Le Duc Hien declared that international support for HIV/AIDS prevention likely would decrease. Hien explained that the department was working on a national program to support people with HIV/AIDS and was expected to seek government approval in 2013.