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Vietnam Expresses Concern That Donor Cuts In HIV/AIDS Funding Will Hamper Progress, IRIN Reports

“The Vietnamese government warns that multi-million dollar donor cutbacks could undermine progress in the country’s HIV/AIDS services,” IRIN reports. “More than 70 percent of Vietnam’s HIV/AIDS response comes from international donors, which plan to reduce or phase out projects due to the country’s new middle-income status and the global financial crisis,” the news service writes. IRIN discusses funding to Vietnam from PEPFAR, the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, and the U.K. Department for International Development (DfID). Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc expressed concern over decreases in aid from development partners in a local news report, “but in response to the ongoing drawdown, he added that the country will attempt to diversify its funding sources by promoting public-private partnerships and health insurance,” according to the news service (7/12).