USAID Promotes Private-Sector Engagement in Vietnam to Help the Country End AIDS by 2030

Friday, September 6, 2019
The participants discuss private sector engagement in Vietnam's HIV/AIDS response.

Over the past few years, there has been significant reduction in external donor funding for HIV prevention and control in Vietnam. Hence, Vietnam needs to have a sustainable response to its HIV epidemic, especially since it adopted the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS’ 90-90-90* targets by 2020,  and ending AIDS by 2030. Apart from health coverage through the country’s Social Health Insurance and local public financing, leveraging the private sector for demand generation and production of HIV commodities and services is crucial for the country to sustain its HIV response.

On August 30, USAID’s Healthy Markets project, Vietnam’s Ministry of Health (MOH), and Vietnam Administration for HIV/AIDS Control (VAAC) led the first ever "Private sector engagement in Vietnam's HIV/AIDS response” workshop to discuss lessons learned and define how the private sector can accelerate ending AIDS by 2030. U.S. Deputy Chief of Mission to Vietnam Caryn McClelland and MOH Vice Minister Truong Quoc Cuong opened the event, which  was attended by more than 120 representatives from domestic and international private sector businesses. One example of success were the nine private clinics, social enterprises, and civil society organizations supported by the project that have become financially self-sustainable, increasing their annual revenue between 2016 and 2018, from almost $402,000 to nearly $930,000.

So What? Effective engagement of the private-sector will be crucial for Vietnam on its journey to a self-reliant HIV response, one in which foreign assistance is no longer necessary.

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* The 90-90-90 target is where 90 percent of all people living with HIV know their HIV status; 90 percent of all people with diagnosed HIV infection receive sustained antiretroviral therapy; and 90 percent of all people receiving antiretroviral therapy have viral suppression.

Last updated: May 29, 2020

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