US embassy cable - 02HANOI553

CDC AND GVN LAUNCH NATIONAL PROGRAM TO COMBAT HIV/AIDS

Identifier: 02HANOI553
Wikileaks: View 02HANOI553 at Wikileaks.org
Origin: Embassy Hanoi
Created: 2002-03-11 08:56:00
Classification: UNCLASSIFIED
Tags: KHIV TBIO EAID VM HIV
Redacted: This cable was not redacted by Wikileaks.
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110856Z Mar 02

2002HANOI00553 - UNCLASSIFIED
 
 
 
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INFO  LOG-00   NP-00    AID-00   AMAD-00  CIAE-00  COME-00  CTME-00  
      DODE-00  ITCE-00  SRPP-00  EAP-00   EB-00    EXME-00  UTED-00  
      HHS-01   TEDE-00  INR-00   ITC-01   NSAE-00  OES-01   OMB-01   
      OPIC-01  STR-00   TEST-00  TRSE-00  BBG-00   NFAT-00  SAS-00   
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FM AMEMBASSY HANOI
TO SECSTATE WASHDC 5739
INFO AMCONSUL HO CHI MINH CITY 
USCINCPAC HONOLULU HI
CDC ATLANTA GA
DEPTLABOR WASHDC
NAVMEDRSCHU TWO JAKARTA ID
UNCLAS HANOI 000553 
 
SIPDIS 
 
DEPT ALSO FOR EAP/BCLTV, EAP/PD AND FOR AID/ANE/AFERRARA AND 
DHEISLER PASS BBG/VOA FOR EAST ASIA PACIFIC DIVISION 
USDOL FOR ILAB/CATHRYN HELM 
 
E.O. 12958: N/A 
TAGS: KHIV, TBIO, EAID, VM, HIV/AIDS 
SUBJECT: CDC AND GVN LAUNCH NATIONAL PROGRAM TO COMBAT HIV/AIDS 
 
 
1.  THE MINISTRY OF HEALTH (MOH)/NATIONAL AIDS STANDING BUREAU, 
IN COLLABORATION WITH AND SUPPORT FROM THE CENTERS FOR DISEASE 
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CONTROL AND PREVENTION (CDC)/EMBASSY HANOI, HAS LAUNCHED 
ITS NATIONAL PROGRAM TO COMBAT THE HIV/AIDS EPIDEMIC WITH A TWO- 
DAY WORKING MEETING OF KEY PROVINCIAL LEADERS FROM 40 PROVINCES 
ACROSS VIETNAM. ONE MEETING TOOK PLACE IN HANOI, MARCH 6TH AND 
7TH, FOR LEADERS FROM THE NORTHERN PROVINCES, AND A SECOND WILL 
OCCUR IN HO CHI MINH CITY, MARCH 13TH AND 14TH, FOR LEADERS FROM 
THE SOUTHERN PROVINCES. 
 
2.  THE MEETINGS ARE DESIGNED TO ORIENT PROVINCIAL LEADERS ON THE 
MOH AND CDC COLLABORATION, WITH SPECIAL EMPHASIS ON DEVELOPING 
HIV PREVENTION PROGRAMS THAT ADDRESS THE NEEDS OF HIGH-RISK 
POPULATIONS, SUCH AS INJECTION DRUG USERS (IDU) AND COMMERCIAL 
SEX WORKERS (CSW). DISCUSSIONS FOCUS ON INTEGRATED VOLUNTARY 
HIV COUNSELING AND TESTING (VCT), PEER EDUCATION, AND EARLY HIV 
INTERVENTION, CARE AND SUPPORT ACTIVITIES.  AMONG MANY ISSUES 
DISCUSSED IS THE IMPORTANCE OF PROMOTING HIV TESTING SO THAT HIV- 
INFECTED PERSONS LEARN THEIR STATUS EARLY.  PROVIDING ANONYMOUS 
COUNSELING AND TESTING IS ONE MECHANISM FOR EARLY HIV DIAGNOSIS 
AND TREATMENT.  THE TWO-DAY MEETINGS ALSO PROVIDE 
INFORMATION ABOUT PROJECT MANAGEMENT MECHANISMS AND 
FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES. 
 
3.  IN OCTOBER 2001, THE USG, THROUGH EMBASSY HANOI, SIGNED A 
COOPERATIVE AGREEMENT WITH THE MOH ESTABLISHING A FIVE-YEAR, $10 
MILLION PROGRAM TO STRENGTHEN AND EXPAND VIETNAM'S HIV PREVENTION 
AND CARE PROGRAM.  VIETNAM IS ONE OF 24 COUNTRIES SUPPORTED BY 
THE USG'S GLOBAL COMMITMENT TO CURB THE FURTHER SPREAD OF HIV 
DISEASE THROUGH FINANCIAL AND TECHNICAL SUPPORT (GLOBAL AIDS 
PROGRAM [GAP]). PROGRAM AREAS SUPPORTED UNDER GAP IN VIETNAM 
INCLUDE THE DEVELOPMENT AND EXPANSION OF VCT AND PEER EDUCATION 
PROGRAMS, EARLY HIV CLINICAL INTERVENTION PROGRAM, AND 
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TRAINING OF HEALTH PROFESSIONALS IN MEDICAL AND PUBLIC HEALTH- 
RELATED KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS. 
 
4.  OVER THE NEXT FIVE YEARS, CDC WILL WORK CLOSELY WITH THE 
VIETNAM GAP-LIFE REPRESENTATIVE OFFICE (MOH'S OPERATIONAL ARM FOR 
THIS COOPERATIVE AGREEMENT) IN CONDUCTING PROVINCIAL SITUATIONAL 
AND NEEDS ASSESSMENTS, DEVELOPING INTEGRATED VCT SYSTEMS IN 
THE 40 PROVINCES WITH THE HIGHEST HIV PREVALENCE, EXPANDING AND 
STRENGTHENING HIV/STD/TB SURVEILLANCE SYSTEMS, AND PROVIDING 
TRAINING TO STRENGTHEN THE KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS OF HEALTH 
PROFESSIONALS FOR BETTER CARE AND SUPPORT OF PEOPLE LIVING WITH 
HIV OR THOSE WHO ARE AT HIGH RISK FOR CONTACTING THE DISEASE. 
 
5.   COMMENT:  HIV/AIDS IN VIETNAM HAS RAPIDLY INCREASED OVER THE 
LAST 10 YEARS.  ALTHOUGH CURRENTLY HIV IN VIETNAM IS STILL 
LARGELY IN HIGH-RISK GROUPS INCLUDING IDU AND CSW AND REMAINS LOW 
IN THE GENERAL POPULATION, THE EXPLOSIVE EPIDEMICS IN THAILAND 
AND CAMBODIA PRESENT A THREAT TO THE LOW NUMBER OF INFECTIONS IN 
VIETNAM.  CDC'S GLOBAL AIDS PROGRAM IS ONE THE LARGEST OF SEVERAL 
USG PROGRAMS WORKING COOPERATIVELY IN VIETNAM TO HELP PREVENT THE 
EPIDEMIC IN VIETNAM FROM BECOMING LIKE THAT OF THAILAND OR 
CAMBODIA.  THE U.S. AGENCY FOR INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT (USAID) 
AND THE US DEPARTMENT OF LABOR ARE ALSO SUPPORTING HIV PREVENTION 
PROGRAMS IN VIETNAM, WORKING WITH INTERNATIONAL AND LOCAL NGO'S 
AND VIETNAM'S MINISTRIES OF HEALTH AND LABOR IN DEVELOPING HIV 
INTERVENTIONS TARGETING HIGH-RISK POPULATIONS AND PROGRAMS AIMED 
AT REDUCING STIGMA AND DISCRIMINATION IN THE WORKPLACE. 
 
BURGHARDT 
 
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