USAID Launches Tuberculosis Services in Seven Provinces in Vietnam

Thursday, January 16, 2020

The USAID Sustainable HIV and Tuberculosis Response from Technical Assistance (SHIFT) project strengthens and delivers innovative enhancements in HIV and Tuberculosis (TB) services. USAID SHIFT’s primary aim with regards to TB is to increase diagnosis of active TB and latent TB infection to end the disease in Vietnam. USAID will be the first to pilot the “Double X” strategy in both health facilities and communities, using chest X-ray and GeneXpert (a fast and highly accurate test for TB and drug resistant TB) earlier in the diagnostic process to increase detection. On January 10, USAID SHIFT and its partner, the National Tuberculosis Program Vietnam, launched implementation of tuberculosis (TB) services in seven Vietnamese provinces. Over 80 participants from An Giang, Can Tho, Dong Nai, Tay Ninh, Tien Giang, Nghe An, and Thai Binh gathered to discuss the roadmap for the coming year.

So What? Because global progress to end TB is very slow, and Vietnam faces challenges in meeting its target to end TB by 2030, the USAID SHIFT project aims to implement strategic, high priority interventions that will be piloted and then scaled up, with a goal to “bend the curve” toward TB elimination. 

Last updated: September 11, 2020

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