New project launched to support Party leadership in implementing National HIV/AIDS Strategy

Dec 14, 2005

HA NOI -- The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA) will support the Communist Party of Viet Nam in an effort to improve the coordination and implementation of the National Strategy on HIV/AIDS Prevention and Control.

The new three-year $1.97-million project will be implemented by two Party Commissions: the Central Commission for Science and Education (CCSE) and Central Commission for Ideology and Culture (CCIC).

“The signing of this project takes place at a crucial time “ said UNDP Resident Representative, Jordan Ryan at the project signing ceremony. “Effective Party leadership is essential to engage the entire society.  That means the greater involvement of all, including Party leaders and especially people living with HIV/AIDS, to actively reduce stigma and intolerance. We all need to fight against HIV/AIDS and for greater access to information, to treatment and basic health-care services for those living with HIV/AIDS.”

Beyond the central level, the project will support Party units of three provinces -- Lang Son, Khanh Hoa, An Giang -- to integrate HIV/AIDS concerns into local socio-economic development plans and to ensure that the approach to HIV/AIDS prevention at the local level is collaborative and involves different sectors. The project will also support the Party to take a leading role in improving and guiding the implementation of public information campaigns for behaviour change to eliminate stigma and discrimination directed at people living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA).

“This is the first time for CCSE to execute a project funded by international donors, in coordination with CCIC and three provinces: Lang Son, Khanh Hoa, and An Giang,” said the Chairman of CCSE, Professor Do Nguyen Phuong. ”The project creates breakthroughs for the mobilisation of active participation of PLWHA themselves in the implementation of national efforts to combat HIV/AIDS. It also contributes to strengthening the leadership capacity of the Party’s leaders at all levels for integrating HIV/AIDS into the local socio-economic development plan.”

Together with a similar initiative implemented by the National Assembly’s Commission for Social Affairs, this project forms an integral part of the UNDP-supported ”Strengthening Leadership and Multisectoral Collaboration in HIV/AIDS Prevention and Control” programme. This project has already provided support to the development of the Party’s HIV/AIDS Directive 54 on ”Strengthening Leadership for Prevention and Control of HIV/AIDS in New Context,” which was issued on 30th November 2005.

Contact information

Nguyen Viet Lan, UNDP Media and Publications Unit
(84-4) 942-1495 ext.186

Katja Gray, Poverty and Social Development, UND
(84-4) 942-1495 ext.162,

Nguyen Thi Thanh Van, Poverty and Social Development, UNDP
(84-4) 942-1495 ext.124