Positive effort to reduce HIV/AIDS stigma
Organised by the Viet Nam Women’s
"Addressing stigma and discrimination against people living with HIV must be a priority for us all, and strong leadership is needed to achieve that," said Ha Thi Khiet, president of the Viet Nam Women’s
"Empowering and involving people living with HIV is one of the crucial steps. There is so much that can be accomplished if we combine efforts and work together," she added.
The workshop brings people together from the region and
"People living with HIV have been making vital contributions to HIV prevention, treatment and care in
"We want to set up a mechanism owned and managed by people living with HIV themselves, enabling us to share a common voice in
The workshop is an activity of the GIPA Project launched in late 2006 by the Viet Nam Women’s Union in four provinces, with support from UNV and UNAIDS.
"There is still a lot of work to be done to secure a place at the table for people living with HIV, and to tailor responses that really work. We also need to create more supportive social and legal conditions for people living with HIV and see how best we can ensure that their involvement is a reality at all levels in the country," said Eamonn Murphy, UNAIDS country director.
During the seminar, chairwoman Khiet and other Government officials were expected to also pay a visit to Dong Da Hospital in Ha Noi to talk to HIV-infected patients who are providing referral, counseling and care for other HIV patients.