USAID fund encourages business engagement in HIV prevention

(VOVworld) - The US Agency for International Development (USAID) has launched an innovation fund under its Healthy Markets Activity Project to seek and invest in initiatives of businesses on HIV prevention goods and services in Vietnam. The fund is a contest designed for social businesses, non-governmental organisations and enterprises in Vietnam. The most outstanding candidates selected by social and HIV experts will receive financial and non-financial assistance to do their business in this field. Hoang Dinh Canh, Deputy Director of the HIV/AIDS Prevention Department under the Ministry of Health, said: “The innovation fund provides an opportunity for new ideas. Social businesses will take part in HIV prevention services such as providing condoms, syringes, and HIV testing. We appreciate the Healthy Markets Activity Project and urge businesses to work closely with HIV/AIDS prevention organizations.”