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CDC Vietnam Work on HIV/AIDS Prevention Honored

August 16, 2013
Now honorary citizens of HCMC - Dr. Michelle McConnell and Jeanine Ambrosio.

Now honorary citizens of HCMC - Dr. Michelle McConnell and Jeanine Ambrosio.

HCMC Officials and honorees, (L to R) Dr. Le Truong Giang, Mr. Tran Cao Son, Dr. Donn Joseph Colby, Dr. Michelle McConnell, Jeanine Ambrosio, Dr. Treu Thi Thu Van, Dr. Wayne Wiebel, Dr. Nguyen Huu Hung.

HCMC Officials and honorees, (L to R) Dr. Le Truong Giang, Mr. Tran Cao Son, Dr. Donn Joseph Colby, Dr. Michelle McConnell, Jeanine Ambrosio, Dr. Treu Thi Thu Van, Dr. Wayne Wiebel, Dr. Nguyen Huu Hung.

Michelle McConnell, CDC Vietnam Country Director, and Jeanine Ambrosio, CDC Deputy Associate Director in the Ho Chi Minh City office, received the Ho Chi Minh City insignia for their contribution to HIV/AIDS prevention in a festive ceremony organized by HCMC officials.   Dr. Nguyen Huu Hung, Deputy Director of the HCMC Department of Health and Vice Chairman of the HCMC AIDS Committee and Dr. Le Truong Giang, Chairman of the HCMC Public Health Association and Vice Chairman of HCMC AIDS Association, presented medals and proclaimed Michelle and Jeanine honorary citizens of HCMC.  The HCMC Medal is an honorary insignia awarded to foreigners and individuals living in and outside of the city, who contribute to the development of the city in politics, economy or society.

Dr. Nguyen Huu Hung expressed his appreciation for the many contributions of those honored to the prevention of HIV/AIDS in HCMC. “Because of their help, HCMC developed many highly effective low cost models which were replicated across the country.  Since 2005, eleven outpatient clinics in HCMC have provided life-saving care and treatment services for more than 36,900 HIV patients.”  He added, “As resources are limited, they’ve continued to support us in the transition plan to ensure uninterrupted care and treatment services for people living with HIV/AIDS.”

Jeanine thanked Ho Chi Minh City officials, “Receiving such an honor is an amazing privilege and I am very appreciative and humbled by your recognition of my work and the work on behalf of the United States government. “

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is working with several partners to enhance Vietnam’s organizational performance in HIV/AIDS programs and services.  The program provided antiretroviral therapy to 28,971 HIV-infected adults and children; tested 449,308 pregnant women for HIV and provided antiretroviral therapy for 1,261 HIV-infected pregnant women to prevent transmission to child; provided HIV counseling and testing for 43,420 TB patients and provided TB treatment for 925 TB and HIV-infected people.

The United States has committed more than US$10 million over the past two years to train and support Vietnam’s health professionals to combat HIV and strengthen health systems.