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Vietnam is the first signatory in East Asia of Treatnet Phase 2


Hua Hin (Thailand), 17 July 2009 - Vietnam and UNODC have agreed to roll out the second phase of the global UNODC project 'International network of drug dependence treatment and rehabilitation resource centres' ( Treatnet ).

Through the implementation of Treatnet, the Standing Office on Drug Control in Vietnam and UNODC will combine their efforts to improve the provision of diversified and effective drug treatment and rehabilitation services, including the support to HIV/AIDS prevention and care.

'It is a privilege to start to develop this project in Vietnam" says Juana Tomas-Rossello, Treatnet Coordinator for South East Asia "and we truly hope that soon other countries in the region will follow the example of Vietnam. In this way, we will be able to create a regional network of drug dependence treatment and rehabilitation resource centres, which will contribute to improve the quality of treatment and rehabilitation services in South East Asia".

During a ceremony following the MOU Ministerial Meeting, H.E Pol. Sr. Lt. Gen. Le The Tiem, Vice Minister of the Ministry of Public Security of Vietnam, and Mr. Gary Lewis, Regional Representative of UNODC in East Asia and the Pacific, signed the formal letter of agreement.