USAID fund encourages business engagement in HIV prevention hinh anh 1Delivering condoms at hot spots (Source: VNA)
The US Agency for International Development (USAID) on August 21 launched an innovation fund under its Healthy Markets Activity Project to seek and invest in initiatives of businesses on HIV prevention goods and services in Vietnam. 

The fund is a contest designed for social businesses, non-governmental organisations and enterprises in Vietnam. The most outstanding candidates selected by social and HIV experts will receive financial and non-financial assistance to do their business in this field. 

According to US Consul General Rena Bitter, to address HIV/AIDS sustainably, Vietnam should find new partnerships as well as approaches to provide HIV prevention goods and services

The launch of the fund is an attractive opportunity to support and promote the involvement of the private sector and community-based enterprises in providing HIV prevention goods and services such as condoms, HIV testing and counselling and sterile needles and syringes. 

Implemented in Vietnam from 2014-2019, the Healthy Markets Activity Project aims to mobilise resources from the private sector and social businesses to sustainably maintain HIV prevention activities in the country.-VNA