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WHO vows to fundraise for Vietnam’s health

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Geneva (VNA) The World Health Organisation will help Vietnam source funds for developing strategies to deal with climate change’s impact on health, said General Director of the UN health body Magaret Chan.

Despite not being a fundraising organisation, WHO will call on international partners to provide financial and technical support to Vietnam’s efforts in the area, the General Director told Vietnamese Deputy Minister of Health Cao Minh Quang at her reception meeting on May 18 with the visiting Vietnamese delegation for the WHO 61 st assembly.

General Director Magaret Chan commended Vietnam ‘s achievements in fighting disease, particularly the ability to mobilize support from the people in disease prevention and treatment.

She expressed thanks to Vietnam for active contributions to the anti-smoking campaign, the “Bloomberg Initiative”, and highlighted Vietnam had significantly reduced the proportion of smokers in its population.

Chief of the UN health body also praised Vietnam ‘s recent move to make helmets compulsory for motorbike riders. She pledged WHO will share information in the fight against HIV/AIDS and assist Vietnam to reach the millennium development goals.

Deputy Minister of Health Cao Minh Quang informed the UN chief of health of Vietnam ‘s current status in health and Millennium Development Goal implementation. He underlined WHO Hanoi office’s role in local HIV/AIDS prevention and climate change programmes as well as its active cooperation with the Ministry of Health in dealing with regional and worldwide health issues such as avian influenza, promoting disease research and extended vaccination programmes.

During talks with Deputy Minister Quang, General Director Chan said she supported his proposal to set up a health security belt of the Asia Pacific region. She accepted Quang’s invitation to visit Vietnam in December this year when she intends to participate in the launch of a report on fighting accident injuries among children living in Vietnam. – Enditem

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