Vietnam: Our Impact

 {Photo credit: Giang Hoai Nguyen/MSH, Vietnam.}TB CARE I conducts on-site training to teach laboratory staff at Hanoi Lung Hospital how to safely package TB samples before shipping them to the national laboratory.Photo credit: Giang Hoai Nguyen/MSH, Vietnam.

Vietnam is one of 27 countries with the highest burden of multi-drug resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB), a form of TB that is hard to treat and cannot be cured by at least two of the primary treatment drugs. Unfortunately, the country has just two national laboratories equipped for MDR-TB diagnosis. Until recently, health facility staff had to deliver patient specimens to the laboratories themselves—often requiring laboratory technicians to travel long distances over poor roads.

Summary Document Presents Findings from Vietnam and JamaicaThe AIDSTAR-Two Project has published a summary document of the health system strengthening activities required to reach populations most vulnerable to the HIV/AIDS epidemic.  This brief, seven-page report puts forth an analytical framework to help prioritize the health system strengthening activities that are required to reach most-at-risk populations, and presents selected findings in Vietnam and Jamaica.The report, entitled “Know Your Epidemic, Know Your System, Know Your Response,” was prepared by Management Scienc

Juanita Flomsbee, SCMS Country Director in Vietnam. {Photo credit: MSH.}Photo credit: MSH.

Vietnam is one of the target countries included in the US President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) program.