Country Risk Summary: VIETNAM

August 2004
Asia Monitor: South East Asia Monitor Volume 1;Aug2004, Vol. 15 Issue 8, p4
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U.S. President George W. Bush has added Vietnam to a list of countries eligible for funds under a US $15bn global initiative to combat the spread of AIDS around the world. There are an estimated 130,000 people with AIDS in Vietnam, and while the epidemic has so far been largely concentrated in intravenous drug users and sex workers, there is growing evidence that the virus is now spreading into the general population. Vietnam is the first country outside Africa and the Caribbean to qualify for funding under the scheme, and is the latest evidence of improving relations between the two countries, following the full restoration of full diplomatic relations in 1995.


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