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Nuns open Vietnam's first first AIDS clinic


The Daughters of Charity have opened the first facility for AIDS patients in Vietnam.

The centre, located 45 kilometres northeast of Ho Chi Minh City, takes in abandoned patients as well as the poor suffering from AIDS. It is staffed by four nuns who work with 20 doctors from local hospitals.

Sr Tue Linh, who specialised in the care of AIDS patients for three years in France, oversees the administration of the facility.

The Vietnamese province of the Daughters of Charity was founded in 1932. Vietnam has 35,767 AIDS patients, according to official statistics. Of these, 7000 - including 3000 children - are in Ho Chi Minh City.

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05-Sep-01