The co-operation was made under the framework of an agreement signed between the Vietnam Ministry of Health and the French Agency for Research on AIDS and Viral Hepatitis (ANRS) in Hanoi on January 18.
At the signing ceremony, Deputy Minister of Health Nguyen Thanh Long highlighted support of the French government and people to Vietnam in the healthcare field over the past years.
“The co-operation between the health ministry of Vietnam and ANRS has been seen as a spotlight in co-operation relations between the two countries,” Long said.
Long also expected the ANRS to continue its support to the health sector in Vietnam in HIV/AIDS and viral hepatitis prevention in the coming years.
Long said 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 organisations, calling the ANRS Vietnam to set up research sites in Vietnam. These research sites will develop and promote common activities, experience exchange, technology transfering 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.