The Sustainable Financing Initiative In Vietnam

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Funded by the United States President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), the Sustainable Financing Initiative for HIV/AIDS (SFI) aims to increase sustainability of the HIV response by promoting shared financial responsibility with host country governments. Since 2014, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) has implemented SFI in 16 countries and two regional programs, with a budget of nearly $48 million.

Vietnam has made significant progress in responding to the HIV/AIDS epidemic over the past 25 years. In 2019, about 230,000 people were living with HIV (PLHIV) and the prevalence of HIV in the general population was 0.24 percent.1 The Government of Vietnam (GVN) is committed to using domestic resources to expand care to PLHIV by supporting enrollment in social health insurance (SHI), expanding HIV prevention and testing, and increasing access to antiretroviral treatment (ART).

SFI supported the GVN by providing technical assistance to the Ministry of Health and Vietnam Social Security to integrate HIV services into SHI and the public health system. SFI also helped the government plan and finance centralized antiretroviral (ARV) procurement, payment, and reimbursement through SHI. It also supported evidence-based research and advocacy for increasing GVN funding for the HIV response. Since 2016, Vietnam has secured $4.9 million in additional PEPFAR funding to build on the work begun under SFI. These efforts represent important milestones on the road to a sustainable HIV response. This document presents achievements as of September 2019.

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Last updated: May 12, 2021