Vietnam Program Updates

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For USAID/Vietnam program updates issued before January 2017, please visit the 2012-2017 Archive Site.

Last updated: May 05, 2020

March 5, 2021

Vietnam has been experiencing shortages of HIV drugs, in part due to COVID-related delays in production and shipping. HIV patients normally receive several month’s supply of medicine at a time; however, due to the shortages, the drugs are being rationed and patients are receiving smaller quantities of drugs.  The Vietnam Administration of HIV/AIDS Control has accelerated efforts on an already-planned transition to a new preferred HIV drug, however the drugs are slow to arrive in Vietnam. The shortage in the overall HIV medicine supply and the suspension of multi-month dispensing have increased burdens on health clinics, amplified patient anxiety and created challenges to maintain uninterrupted treatment during an already challenging time. In order to assist clinics to ensure all HIV patients maintain access to medicine and to help patients and health staff understand the changes, the USAID Meeting Targets and Maintaining Epidemic Control (EpiC) project developed and distributed instructional leaflets for patients with information on new procedures and the benefits of the new HIV drug treatment. EpiC also assisted health clinic staff on implementation of the new drug dispensement directive.

February 26, 2021

Vietnam has long been a leader in supporting patients to stay on continuous HIV treatment; however, recent challenges with drug supplies and COVID-19 have increased client burdens. To address this, USAID’s Meeting Targets and Maintaining Epidemic Control (EpiC) project in Vietnam recently introduced to practitioners its Treatment Adherence and Retention Counseling Guide job aide and tools that provide instruction on identifying patient barriers to adherence and suggested supportive interventions. The  webinar was attended by 43 participants representing all six focal provinces, including doctors and counselors at HIV treatment facilities, and HIV specialists at provincial centers for disease control.

February 12, 2021

While Vietnamese companies have been involved in USAID dioxin remediation work in both the Danang Airport remediation and Bien Hoa Airbase remediation projects, until now they have been subcontractors of U.S. firms. Last week, for the first time, USAID awarded a prime construction contract to a local Vietnamese contractor for USAID’S Dioxin Remediation at Bien Hoa Airbase Area project. Through this contract, several on and off-base areas with high levels of dioxin contamination will be environmentally remediated, including areas of high traffic posing greater exposure risks. The contractor will also construct a long-term storage facility for excavated soil, as well as an access road and fencing. 

February 12, 2021

Access to HIV prevention services in remote areas in Vietnam can be limited or nonexistent. To diversify and improve access for key populations (KPs), the USAID/PATH Healthy Markets project implemented a mobile service for pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), a powerful medicine for HIV prevention. PrEP on Wheels brings HIV prevention services to KPs living in remote areas in Dong Nai province, and during the first outreach event 20 clients were enrolled on PrEP.

February 5, 2021

In light of the recent COVID-19 outbreak in Hai Duong and nine other provinces, Vietnamese authorities have enlisted medical students to join the frontline forces. Six-hundred students from Hai Duong Medical Technical University, who completed the USAID-supported special training program on COVID-19 preparedness and response, are now actively engaged in contact tracing and community testing to control the latest outbreak. Under USAID’s Improving Access, Curriculum and Teaching in Medical Education and Emerging Diseases (IMPACT MED) Alliance, a total of 176 faculty received Training-of-Trainer and 5,580 senior students were trained and certified as “first-responder ready” for COVID-19 deployment.  In addition to this recent outbreak response, 515 students were deployed as first responders during the second COVID-19 outbreak in Central Vietnam and 10 participating universities have integrated COVID-19 response and control into their formal training program.

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