Deputy Minister Of Health Nguyen Thanh Long, Director of ANRS Francois Dabis and Coordinator of the Vietnam cooperation Programme Francoise Barre Sinoussi co-chaired the signing ceremony.
At the signing ceremony, Deputy Minister of Health Nguyen Thanh Long highly appreciated the great contribution of ANRS in HIV/AIDS prevention in Vietnam over the past and expected the ANRS to continue its support to the health sector in Vietnam, especially the HIV/AIDS and viral hepatitis prevention in the coming years.
He also stated that technical and financial support from French government and ANRS would help Vietnam in maintaining existing research and developing new research orientation in HIV/AIDS and viral hepatitis in coming years.
Under the agreement, ANRS will provide professional and financial support for scientific research organizations, calling the ANRS Vietnam to set up research sites in Vietnam. These research sites will develop and promote common activities, experience exchange, technology transferring and human resource training for projects relating to epidemic characteristics in Vietnam.
Vietnam and ANRS had signed a co-operation agreement in HIV/AIDS scientific research and prevention in 2000. As a result of the agreement, an HIV/AIDS research site was established in the Southeast Asian region (Vietnam and Cambodia) in 2001, creating the basic foundation for comprehensive and long-term international co-operation in HIV/AIDS prevention and research activities.
Thanks to the co-operation, many advanced techniques have been successfully transferred to serve scientific research, patient care and treatment in Vietnam.
It has also helped improve the professional ability of Vietnamese researchers and strengthen scientific research quality and HIV/AIDS patients care services in Vietnam, according to the health ministry.
By Linh Bui