These events mark an important milestone in securing domestic sustainable financing for the HIV response in Vietnam and ensuring that people living with HIV access treatment services. The Hanoi event was led by the US Ambassador to Vietnam Daniel J. Kritenbrink and Minister of Health Nguyen Thi Kim Tien. US Deputy Chief of Mission Caryn McClelland, US Consul General Mary Tarnowka, and United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Vietnam Deputy Mission Director Craig Hart co-led the events in Hai Phong, Ho Chi Minh City, and Nghe An together with the Vietnam Authority for HIV/AIDS Control and the local Departments of Health. Over 400 representatives from government agencies, international organizations, community based organizations working with HIV patients, people living with HIV, and media agencies were in attendance in all the four launches. US Ambassador to Vietnam Daniel J. Kritenbrink speaks at the Hanoi event. While HIV patients need lifelong treatment that can be costly, early and continuous treatment enables them to lead healthy lives and effectively eliminates the risk of sexual transmission to their partners. Historically, ARVs were provided free-of-charge in Vietnam through international donors. However, over the last five years, the PEPFAR program, through its activities, has been working with… Read full this story
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