More than 1,400 people living with or affected by HIV/AIDS have been
able to find a job or run their own businesses with support from a five
year US Government-funded programme.
The figure was
disclosed at a June 20 ceremony to mark the programme’s end known as the
US Agency for International Development (USAID) HIV workplace project.
Speaking at the event, USAID director in Vietnam Joakim
Parker said despite impressive progress, Vietnam is still likely to
miss the Millennium Development Goal target of reversing the epidemic.
“There is a lot of work to be done,” Parker said. “People
living with HIV/AIDS have to battle terrible social stigma associated
with the infection. In far too many cases, family support withers,
marriages dissolve and jobs are lost once a person’s HIV status is
Started in 2008, the 3 million USD project has
expanded workplace-based HIV prevention activities to 118 enterprises in
eight provinces and cities with more than 100,000 people trained in HIV
Besides job placement support and training,
people living with HIV also received more than 100,000 USD in loans
through Vietnamese micro-finance providers.
Le Duc Hien,
deputy director of the Labour Ministry’s department for prevention of
social evils, said the international support for HIV/AIDS prevention is
expected to dwindle.
“The country needs to further develop
effective policies that could make the work of international partners
sustainable after they left,” he stressed.
we know that it’s not enough to give a loan of 20 million VND and let
the receiver take all the risks. It’s necessary to guide and train them
how to use that money effectively,” he said.
Hien, the department is working on a national programme to support
people living with HIV/AIDS to find employment and increase their access
to small loans. It’s expected to go for Government approval this year.-VNA