Training course for Buddhists on HIV/AIDS

VNA, Sept 14, 2010

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam -- A two-day training course is being held in Ho Chi Minh City for Buddhist monks, nuns and followers on how to prevent discrimination against people infected with HIV/AIDS.

The September 13-14 course was jointly organised by the Vietnam Fatherland Front Central Committee’s (VFFCC) Standing Committee and the organisation, Nordic Assistance to Vietnam (NAV). Those taking part are Buddhist dignities and followers from Vietnam’s Buddhist Institutes in Hanoi, Hue and HCM City along with the Khmer Theravada Academy for Buddhist Studies in Can Tho.

This is part of activities to respond to the law on preventing HIV/AIDS and the VFFCC’s call on people to get involved in HIV/AIDS prevention work and religions’ commitment to participate in the fight against the disease.

During the course, the participants learned about current developments in HIV/AIDS in Vietnam and the world, as well as being provided with the necessary information and skills to prevent the spread of the virus and discrimination against people suffering from HIV/AIDS.

According to Nguyen Van Thanh, Deputy Head of the Committee for Religious Affairs, recently, many religious groups in Vietnam and Buddhists in particular have participated in the campaign to prevent HIV/AIDS with a wide range of activities such as providing consultations, care and support for people with HIV/AIDS.