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Vietnam is a densely populated country with almost 87 million people. Despite the fact that many people still associate Vietnam with war, it is in fact a country full of enchanting natural beauty. However, it is suffering from a concentrated 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. Specifically, the highest prevalence rate is still among the so-called primary HIV population, including intravenous drug users, prostitutes, and homosexuals. For these populations, the prevalence of the disease is around 28% in one province, while the prevalence for the country's overall population is 0.53%. This corresponds to approximately 293,000 people infected with HIV in 2007.
Why we are in Vietnam
Our Vietnam intervention
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 prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV in three Hanoi healthcare facilities: the National Paediatric Hospital, Obstetric Hanoi Hospital and Mother Centre 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 Dried Blood Spot (DBS) testing method for early identification of HIV in children under 18 months of age at the National Paediatric Hospital. This facility has become one of the first providers of this test in the country.