Update news HIV/AIDS

As one of four countries, alongside Germany, Switzerland and the UK, with the best HIV/AIDS treatment in the world, 

Methadone helped this addict get his life back

Tip-toeing through the door after a phone call at midnight, Cuong used to run from his house. His mother would try to follow him, calling his name and crying in vain. He was bent on getting his fix.

Vietnam's AIDS, drugs and prostitution policies suffer from ineffective implementation

 VietNamNet Bridge – Laws and policies relating to AIDS, drugs, and prostitution have been amended to help those affected to easily get benefits from government programmes, such as methadone and ARV therapy. 

Study shows health improving globally, but progress is patchy

 Globally, people's health is improving and life expectancy is rising, but progress is far from universal with chronic diseases bringing long-term illness and causing seven out of 10 deaths,

VN falls short in AIDS, drugs, prostitution fight

 VietNamNet Bridge – Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam has urged ministries and agencies to enhance measures to prevent and control HIV/AIDS, drugs and prostitution from now to the end of the year,

Free legal aid to HIV vulnerables

 VietNamNet Bridge – Those most vulnerable to HIV/AIDS will have the opportunity to receive free legal counsel, for example in employment and marriage issues, in a national pilot project kicking off soon.

HIV/AIDs treatment costs to spike

 People with HIV and AIDS are expecting medical costs to soar when international health aid is cut off next year, participants at a policy dialogue said on June 27.

ARV treatment to be covered by health insurance

 Anti-retroviral (ARV) treatment for people living with HIV/AIDS will be paid by health insurance from June 2016, said the Department of HIV/AIDS Prevention under the Ministry of Public Health.

International aid cuts hinder VN efforts to curb HIV/AIDS

 VietNamNet Bridge – Viet Nam will continue facing difficulties controlling HIV/AIDS due to a shortage of international aid, which accounted for more than 70 per cent of the country's HIV/AIDS response funding,

Child welfare shelters need much better staff

 VietNamNet Bridge – Staff at child welfare centres and shelters in the country need to be better trained about children's psychological development,

War veteran is angel to HCM City AIDS mothers

 VietNamNet Bridge – Whenever social worker Truong Ngoc Nhu hears about the delivery of a baby to a mother infected with HIV, she immediately visits her district's hospital to counsel the mother,

Photos: Painful outcomes of drug users with HIV/AIDS

 VietNamNet Bridge - End-stage AIDS patients in Nhan Ai Hospital in the central province of Binh Phuoc are as silent as ghosts. Their eyes show excruciating pain as their lives are only measured in days.

Deforestation declines but usual suspects unchecked

Korean firm fined for wastewater discharge; Deforestation declines but usual suspects unchecked; Ministry urges close watch of arrivals from plague endemic areas; Vietnam, US share labour safety, sanitation experience

Vietnam ranks fifth in area for number of HIV carriers

 VietNamNet Bridge - With more than 220,000 people infected with HIV, Vietnam ranks fifth in Asia-Pacific (after India, China, Indonesia and Thailand) for the number of HIV carriers, said Deputy Health Minister Nguyen Thanh Long.

IPU vows to work closely with Vietnam in HIV/AIDS prevention

 The Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) pledged to work closely with Vietnam to prevent and drive back the HIV/AIDS pandemic, Secretary General Martin Chungong told National Assembly Vice Chairwoman Tong Thi Phong at a meeting in Hanoi on November 30.

Social News 16/9

Three foreigners arrested over credit card fraud; Maritime search, rescue drill conducted in Saigon–Vung Tau Channel; Russia to woo Vietnamese students; Vietnam-bright spot in SEA fight against HIV/AIDS; Human Development Index slows down

Social News 3/9

Coach, motorbike collision kills 3; Government funds local flood shelters; Police keep holiday traffic under control; Floods leave 2 girls dead, 1 missing; 1.6m children to get free measles vaccine

Buddhism shines light into HIV/AIDS darkness

 VietNamNet Bridge – When I arrived, Nguyen Van Kien (name changed) was lying on a bare, rickety bed made of thin wooden planks.

All schools told to enroll HIV/AIDS affected children

 VietNamNet Bridge – All schools nation-wide have been given targets to enroll children affected by HIV/AIDS by 2020.

ADB to link for expanding HIV/AIDS treatment in Myanmar

The Asian Development Bank will provide a strategic link between Myanmar government and non- governmental organizations in expanding HIV/AIDS treatment and prevention services, using funds from the Japan Fund for Poverty Reduction,