HANOI (Bernama) – A project that seeks to control the spread of HIV/AIDS in Vietnam by linking people most at risk with needed services was launched on Tuesday, Vietnam News Agency (VNA) reported.
The “USAID Community HIV Link – Northern Coast” project will be carried out in the provinces of Nghe An and Quang Ninh as well as the port city of Hai Phong.
The main implementer of the three-year project that closes in July 2017 will be the Centre for Community Health and Development (COHED).
A press-release from the project sponsor, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), said that “to contain current prevention and treatment activities, local civil society organisations (CSOs) and community-based organisations (CBOs) must increase their contributions to the national HIV programme.”
As such, it will mobilise and train a network of CBSs to reach out to at-risk populations and facilitate the latter’s access to services like HIV testing and ARV treatment.
The project identifies key populations into four categories: those who have not been HIV tested for the last six months or do not report their HIV status; those who inject drugs and have not had a HIV test during the last six months; those who have never enrolled in an out-patient clinic for ARV treatment or enrolled but dropped out or not properly followed the treatment protocol; and primary sexual partners of the first two categories.