02/04/2015 15:03 GMT+7 Email Print Like 0

Southern centre for HIV treatment technology transfer opens

Ho Chi Minh City, April 2 (VNA) - The HIV & Addiction Treatment Technology Transfer Centre in the south, the second in Vietnam, has become operational in Ho Chi Minh City.

The centre is a joint effort between the Ho Chi Minh City University of Medicine and Pharmacy, the Hanoi Medical University and the University of California with support from the US President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) through the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) under the US Department of Health and Human Services.

It will conduct research studies on treatment for addictive substances such as morphine, heroine, methamphetamines, alcohol and ecstasy, and at the same time, cooperate with domestic and foreign specialists to open training courses on addiction treatment as well as provide treatment at rehabilitation centres.

Do Van Dung, Vice Rector of the Ho Chi Minh City University of Medicine and Pharmacy, said that the centre’s research will be helpful to the development of medical science on addictive substances, as well as the improvement of Vietnamese medical staff’s capacity.

The centre also represents the Government’s policies in promoting treatment for drug addicts and reducing HIV infections.

Nguyen Thi Van from the Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs’ Department for Social Vices Prevention said the centre will provide drug users with access to new treatment technology.

Earlier in 2011, the Vietnam HIV & Addiction Treatment Transfer Centre (VHATTC) was founded at the Hanoi Medical University.
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