HIV/AIDS Assets and Strategic Focus
The CDC Vietnam office was established in 2001. CDC focuses its efforts on high prevalence provinces and working in partnership with the Government of Vietnam (GVN) to support targeted programming for most-at-risk populations, which include: injection drug users (IDU), commercial sex workers, and men who have sex with men.
Strengthening Laboratory Systems and Networks
CDC supports Vietnam in developing sustainable infrastructures to accurately and efficiently diagnose, stage, and monitor HIV treatment, these activities include: evaluation of rapid HIV testing technologies for same day results, developing a CD4 testing network, expanded viral load testing capacity, and HIV drug resistance monitoring. CDC supports strategic planning and the creation of national testing guidelines.
Building Surveillance and Health Information Systems
CDC builds in-country capacity to design, implement, and evaluate surveillance systems and improves broader national health information systems to collect, store, analyze, and use high-quality data essential to HIV prevention, care, and treatment programs. CDC works with Vietnamese national universities and institutes to strengthen pre- and in-service training in core public health areas related to surveillance, applied epidemiology, biostatistics, informatics, data-use, and research.
Maximizing Impact Through IDU-targeted Interventions
CDC works with the GVN to develop programs targeting current and recovering IDUs, including: risk reduction interventions, medication-assisted therapy, and other addictions recovery support, in addition to critical HIV/AIDS interventions such as the provision of antiretroviral therapy (ART).
CDC guided Vietnam in developing a national strategic laboratory plan and electronic laboratory information systems, working with the Vice MoH to support the development of a steering committee, and drafting a national strategy to highlight the importance of a standardized, quality-assured testing program for accurate diagnosis.
HIV Service Delivery
As of April 2011, CDC Vietnam has contributed 66 percent of the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) achievements related to ART treatment for people living with HIV/AIDS, supporting more than 22,000 patients at 59 government run adult and pediatric outpatient clinics and providing care and support services to more than 38,000 HIV- infected and affected people in order to improve the quality of their lives.