UN envoy to inspect healthcare access in Vietnam

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United Nations Special Rapporteur Anand Grover arrived in Vietnam Friday on his first fact-finding trip, looking at issues relating to the fulfillment of right to health in the country.

During his trip, which will last until December 5, Grover will inspect the availability, accessibility, acceptability and quality of health services, goods, facilities and information. He will also study the impact of rehabilitation centers.

Grover said the first mission to Vietnam by an independent expert charged by the UN Human Rights Council aims to monitor the implementation of the right of everyone to the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health.

He will also study Vietnam's progress in ensuring access to medicines and combating HIV/AIDS, as well as its efforts to apply a right to health approach to providing universal access to HIV/AIDS treatment, counseling and support for affected persons.

Grover will meet with Vietnamese government officials, members of Vietnamese parliament and international agencies, as well as with civil society representatives, including non-governmental organizations and academics.

His visit is being made at the invitation of the Vietnamese government.

He will present a report on his mission to the Human Rights Council in June 2012.

Grover will also share his preliminary conclusions on the visit at a press conference on Monday 5 December at the UNDP Conference Room in Hanoi.

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