Vietnam is a densely populated country with almost 87 million people. Despite the fact that many people still have Vietnam associated with war, it is in fact a country full of enchanting natural beauty. However, it suffers from a HIV / AIDS epidemic.
- Total population: 87 million
MAGNA concluded all its activities providing medical assistance to HIV/AIDS victims in Vietnam in 2012.
- Opening of mission in Vietnam: 2010
- Area of intervention: Hanoi
- Number of staff in the field: 27 (in 2011)
Overview of the Crisis in Vietnam
Vietnam suffers from a concentrated HIV / AIDS epidemic. This means that the highest prevalence rate is still among the so-called primary HIV population including drug users injecting drugs intravenously, prostitutes, or homosexuals. For these population groups, the prevalence of the disease is around 28% within one province, but the prevalence within the country's population is 0.53%. This corresponds to approximately 293 000 people infected with HIV in 2007.
How did MAGNA help in Vietnam?
In February 2012, we concluded all our efforts to help HIV / AIDS affected communities in Vietnam.
Our work focused on building integrated care in the area of prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV in three Hanoi healthcare facilities - the National Pediatric Hospital, Obstetric Hanoi Hospital and Mother Center Hospital.
- Comprehensive health assistance for 458 HIV positive children and 286 children exposed to HIV.
- 10,000 consultations with doctors and specialists.
- 7 777 pregnant women tested for HIV.
- Introduction of the Dry Blood Spot (DBS) testing method for early identification of HIV in children under 18 months of age at the National Pediatric Hospital. This device has become one of the first providers of this test in the country.