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Submitted by unname1 on Mon, 03/12/2012 - 18:48
A conference was held in Hanoi on March 12 to review the implementation of two UN-funded projects on preventing drug abuse among ethnic minorities and providing technical assistance for treatment and rehabilitation at medical centres and in the community.

The event was jointly held by the Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs (MOLISA) and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). It aimed to evaluate results of the “Technical Assistance for Treatment and Rehabilitation at Institutional and Community Levels” (VIEH68) and “Drug Abuse Prevention Among Ethnic Minorities in Vietnam” (VIEH61) projects.

Project VIEH68 was implemented in four northwestern provinces, Dien Bien, Lao Cai, Yen Bai and Son La, to prevent the escalation of drug addiction and minimize its negative impact on ethnic minority people. The four-year project has helped ethnic groups raise awareness of drug abuse prevention, and increased the capacity of local authorities.

Project VIEH61 improved the effectiveness of detoxification and rehabilitation centres and helped prevent the spread of drug-related diseases, including HIV/AIDS.