The national strategy for children infected by HIV/AIDS in Vietnam needs to have an injection of funds to the tune of VND97 billion (US$5 million) to be viable, it was revealed at a workshop. The Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs will co-ordinate the strategy.
Phan Thanh Minh, head of the HCM City's Child Care and Protection Office said that by 2020 they plan to meet the health care, education and social welfare demands of 90 per cent of children affected by HIV/AIDS.
The Ministry of Health (MoH) will provide free healthcare to the children, while the Ministry of Education and Training will ensure that the children get proper education.
The Viet Nam Administration of HIV/AIDS Control said that some 20,260 people were diagnosed with HIV or AIDS last year, a decrease of 26.6 per cent as compared to 2007.