USAID Provides Support to Ensure Access to HIV Services during COVID-19 Lockdowns in Vietnam

Speeches Shim

Friday, July 30, 2021

Over the past four weeks, provincial and national authorities in Vietnam have increased restrictions in Vietnam’s southern provinces and cities due to a worsening COVID-19 epidemic. The Meeting Targets and Maintaining Epidemic Control (EpiC) project, supported by USAID, is working with provincial and community partners in Ho Chi Minh City, and Dong Nai, Tay Ninh, and Tien Giang provinces to ensure service continuity of care during lockdowns. This entails helping health staff provide adherence counseling and to adapt drug distribution to meet every client’s needs including postal delivery, hand delivery, and delivery to clients at the edge of quarantine zones. To date, all of the nearly 29,000 HIV patients at EpiC-supported clinics have had access to their HIV medication on time. EpiC is also removing barriers to HIV testing and routine care by funding COVID-19 tests for drivers to allow them to cross provinces to deliver blood samples to the laboratory in HCMC.

With a challenging and evolving COVID-19 situation, USAID is supporting EpiC to meet the needs of people living with HIV and those at risk of HIV through innovative and adaptable approaches to HIV medication  delivery and health care.

Last updated: September 13, 2021

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