On July 22, shortly after heavy rains gave way to a sunny morning in Hanoi, Vietnam, Secretary Clinton and Vietnam Minister of Justice Ha Hung Cuong signed a Partnership Framework outlining a strategic plan for combating the spread of HIV/AIDS in Vietnam. Health diplomacy of this type has been fundamental to building trust and improved relations between the U.S. and Vietnam. The Partnership Framework maps out goals of providing health and social services for most-at-risk populations, as well as strengthening the capacity and involvement of non-governmental organizations, multilateral organizations, and the private sector. Through the goals outlined in the Partnership Framework, we will continue to support Vietnam's national response to its HIV/AIDS epidemic.
The signing ceremony took place at the Ngoc Lam Pagoda, which houses a PEPFAR-supported daycare center for Vietnamese orphans who are either living with HIV or whose parents have died from AIDS. At this center, PEPFAR also supports counseling for people living with HIV/AIDS and cares. As part of the ceremony, Secretary Clinton met with orphans and women living with HIV who receive PEPFAR services.
Read the Secretary's remarks at the signing ceremony here.