The seven-year “Vietnam HIV/AIDS Prevention Project” has successfully implemented appropriate intervention for high-risk groups, risen awareness and changed community behaviours to better prevent the disease.

According to a report at a ceremony summing up the project in the central city of Da Nang on November 29, it has also helped improve the HIV/AIDS prevention assessment and monitoring system as well as raise technical and managerial capacity for staff in the field.

The project, funded by the World Bank and the UK Department for International Development (DFID) at a sum of 75.294 million USD, also contributed to supporting the Health Ministry in piloting a methadone treatment programme in the northern port city of Hai Phong in 2008.

By December last year, the programme was duplicated in seven cities and provinces, providing treatment for 1,888 drug addicts.

Launched in June 2005, the project aimed to control HIV/AIDS transmission in the community at less than 3 percent by 2010, while reducing the impact of HIV/AIDS on socio-economic development. It was implemented in 32 cities and provinces nationwide.-VNA