THE PRIME MINISTER OF GOVERNMENT
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SOCIALIST REPUBLIC OF VIET NAM
Independence - Freedom - Happiness
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No: 02/2003/CT-TTg
Hanoi, February 24, 2003
 DIRECTIVE
ON ENHANCING THE WORK OF HIV/AIDS PREVENTION AND COMBAT
Over the past 10 years, the work of HIV/AIDS prevention and combat has been deployed nationwide and gained some encouraging results: the system of HIV/AIDS-prevention and -combat organizations has been set up and put into operation soon; medical methods have been applied synchronously; peoples awareness of HIV/AIDS as well as the HIV/AIDS prevention and combat have positively changed However, HIV/AIDS-infected cases continue to rise and the epidemic has spread to all provinces and cities, 80% of rural districts and more than 50% of communes nationwide. According to the Health Ministrys reports, today, more than 59,000 people are infected with HIV/AIDS all over the country, of whom over 8,700 people have suffered from, and over 4,800 people have died of, AIDS.
The number of people infected with HIV/AIDS increases rapidly mostly due to the increase of social evils, especially prostitution and drug addiction; the coordination in HIV/AIDS prevention and combat between the ministries, branches and localities remains loose; the communitys perception about people infected with HIV/AIDS is still incomprehensive; the management, care and treatment of people infected with HIV/AIDS have not yet got into groove, the propagation on HIV/AIDS prevention and combat has not yet been implemented extensively and intensively; preventive methods remain weak and HIV/AIDS prevention and combat activities at the grassroots level have failed to yield practical results.