VietNamNet Bridge – A US-funded outpatient clinic for people living with HIV/AIDS opened in district 9, Ho Chi Minh City, on November 5.
The clinic, supported by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) under the US President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), aims to enlarge the service system for HIV care and treatment.
It will provide a comprehensive service, including preventative care, counselling and voluntary testing services, antiretroviral treatment and home-based care to those living with HIV/AIDS, both in district 9 as well as other neighbouring areas.
A similar PEPFAR-supported clinic opened in district 6 of HCM City in 2005, having received more than 13,000 people, provided voluntary counseling and testing services to nearly 4,000 people and offered antiretroviral treatment to over 800 patients since it was established.
It has also cared for and supported over 2,300 adults, orphans and vulnerable children who live with the effects of HIV/AIDS.
The PEPFAR programme has granted 232 million USD to fund HIV/AIDS prevention, treatment, care and support services in Vietnam since 2004. The PEPFAR budget for Vietnam for the 2008 fiscal year is 88 million USD. The PEPFAR programme for the next five years was approved by the US Congress with a budget of 48 billion USD for the global battle against the HIV/AIDS epidemic, as well as the fight against the spread of tuberculosis and malaria.