Vietnam Program Updates

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Last updated: April 12, 2019

April 11, 2019

As Vietnam transitions from donor-funded to locally-supported HIV/AIDS activities, SHI is an important resource for people living with HIV/AIDS (PLHIV) in Vietnam to meet their HIV treatment needs. However, some PLHIV are unable to pay for SHI premiums or ARV co-payments. Hence, it is critical for provinces to mobilize their own local resources to subsidize these SHI premiums and ARV co-payments in the SHI system. Ho Chi Minh City is home to the highest estimated number of PLHIV and the most patients on ARV treatment in Vietnam. To address this, the USAID Sustainable Financing for HIV activity helped Ho Chi Minh City Provincial AIDS Committee to successfully advocate for local funds for PLHIV with permanent resident status in the city. Ho Chi Minh City has committed $275,000 for SHI premiums and ARV copayment subsidies that will be made available in 2019.

April 11, 2019

On April 3, USAID and MOIT organized a workshop for 35 people (27 male and eight female) to present energy benchmarking results and proposed minimum performance standards for the sugar processing sector in Vietnam. Participants discussed opportunities and challenges in using sugar factory waste to generate energy; key results from USAID's initial study on Energy Efficiency Benchmarking in the Vietnam Sugar Sector; and the draft circular on Minimum Energy Performance Standards (MEPS) and how it will be implemented. The MEPS will set a standard that the sugar production sector will need to achieve.

April 5, 2019

USAID's Vietnam Local Works for Environmental Health activity is increasing local capacity and building partnerships between local organizations to practically and sustainably address environmental health challenges. The activity addresses water pollution issues in Thanh Hoa and Ha Nam provinces, with best practices to be replicated and scaled up in other locations.

April 5, 2019

With support from USAID’s Healthy Markets activity, on March 27, Dong Nai province made PrEP available for the first time to key populations affected by HIV. Dong Nai is a major industrial center in Vietnam and is among the 11 provinces that have been selected to offer PrEP services to most at-risk populations by 2020, with support from the PEPFAR program.

March 29, 2019

During a landmark event Tuesday at the United States Institute of Peace (USIP) entitled,“Overcoming War Legacies: The Road to Reconciliation and Future Cooperation Between the United States and Vietnam,” USAID Deputy Administrator Bonnie Glick announced the official launch of the design phase of the environmental clean-up of Vietnam’s Bien Hoa Airbase -- the largest remaining dioxin hotspot in Vietnam. Dioxin is a toxic chemical in Agent Orange, an herbicide mixture used by the U.S. military during the Vietnam War to clear foliage.