Brighter Future: Launch of the National Plan of Action for Children Affected by HIV and AIDS in Viet Nam 0
The goal of the NPA is to ensure that the needs of most children affected by HIV are met by 2020. The plan provides a roadmap for the relevant governmental bodies, donors, NGOs and the community in how to provide and improve care for children and families affected by HIV.
“HIV and AIDS exert adverse impact on children. The epidemic limits or even deprives children of their enjoyment of basic rights to which they are entitled as regulated by law. I therefore call upon international organizations, religious organizations and civil society organizations to support and work closely with the government to achieve the objectives of the National Plan of Action for children affected by HIV,” states Madam Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan, Minister of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs.
According to government estimates, 143,000 children have lost one or both parents to AIDS. HIV and AIDS are often viewed as an adult problem, and children and their needs are often overlooked. When parents become sick or die, the children are the first to suffer. Family members lose their jobs; Schools shut their doors; Children, ostracized by their community, live in shame. Some children are simply abandoned, shunted into institutions or forced to live on the streets--making them that much closer to contracting the virus.
The NPA formalizes the government’s commitment to protecting children’s rights as well. It represents the first comprehensive approach to addressing the needs of children affected by HIV nationally, with the strong commitment and collaboration between MOLISA, MOH, and MOET, the civil society and the international community, all under the leadership of the Prime Minister.
The launch brings together government officials from 21 provinces, including various international ambassadors and organizations. MOLISA, MOH and MOET share their NPA Implementation Plans. Over the course of the two days participants will discuss ways in which to ensure success of the Ministries Implementation Plans- touching on issues of case management, coordination, and civil society participation. Through these discussions the conference hopes to ensure that the rights of
“The significance of our gathering here today and the significance of the NPA is that once funded and under implementation the Plan may well represent a real and realistic hope that the children on our collective minds and all other children in Viet Nam infected and affected by HIV and AIDS will have a significantly better future than has been the case up to now.” says Jesper Morch, speaking on behalf of the Partnership Group.