The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) office was established in Vietnam in 1998. Through CDC’s Division of Global HIV and TB (DGHT), CDC-Vietnam partners with the Government of Vietnam (GVN) to build effective and sustainable HIV surveillance, treatment and prevention programs and strengthen national systems for Tuberculosis (TB) surveillance, control, diagnosis and treatment.
CDC is a principal agency implementing HIV programs under the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) in Vietnam. With the establishment of PEPFAR in 2003, Vietnam was one of the first 15 focus countries targeted for rapid scale-up of life-saving treatment and prevention programs. With Vietnam’s subsequent entry into middle-income status, the country has become a global leader in embracing financial and program responsibility for delivery of essential HIV treatment and prevention services for its citizens. Through its unique relationship with Vietnam’s Ministry of Health (MOH), CDC supports the effective transition of HIV services to primary domestic financing and program responsibility—prioritizing continuity and quality of patient services—while accelerating toward sustainable HIV epidemic control through concentrated efforts in two priority regions, Northern Economic Zone and Ho Chi Minh City Metropolitan.
CDC has been providing technical support to Vietnam’s National TB Program (NTP) since 1997 to strengthen efforts to find, cure and prevent TB, HIV-associated TB, and multidrug-resistant TB in adults and children by strengthening capacity to operationalize new and existing TB control tools, building the evidence-base for improved TB control and prevention, and using the evidence to guide data-driven decision-making.