Press Conference and award granting for the Photo Contest on the topic “The Role of the Elderly Women on HIV/AIDS Prevention and Care for HIV Infected People, Orphans and Vulnerable Children”.
Present at the press conference, were Mrs. Nguyen Thi Kim Thuy – Vice President of the VWU, Mr.Tran Ngoc Quyen –Regional Manager of HAI Project.
According to the report of UNAIDS and the World Health Organization, by the end of 2004, there have been about 42 millions of HIV infected people in the world alive and more than 30 millions died of AIDS.
Each day passes by; the world has 14,000 new HIV – infected people, of which 95% is in developing countries. In
With their life experiences and ability to take in new directions, policies and regulations of the Party and State through the mass media and with their reputation, the elderly people play an important role in educating children, particularly the adolescence away from social evils.
At the press conference, Mrs. Nguyen Thi Kim Thuy, Vice president of the VWU read the “appeal of the VWU to acknowledge the role of the elderly women in taking care of the HIV-infected people, orphans and vulnerable children in family and society. To do so, the VWU requests the Government, relevant agencies and organizations to do research on the impact of HIV/AIDS on the elderly women; to develop economic and social welfare assistance programs for HIV-AIDS infected elderly women; to improve health care services for AIDS patients in the community; to instruct and train women (including girl children and elderly women) to protect themselves and other people; to educate the youth in the community about the role of the elderly in caring assistance activities; to promote models for these activities in the community; to enhance the cooperation between the State agencies and organization for HIV infected children, youth and the elderly.
At the end of the conference, the organizing committee granted the first prize to Ms. Pham Thi Hue (