The initial goal of the Strengthening Capacity in the HIV/AIDS Care and Treatment Network project was to work with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, and other partners under the U.S. President’s Plan for AIDS Relief to support the Government of Vietnam in building a sustainable national training system for current and future health providers to provide quality palliative care and methadone maintenance therapy (MMT).
In the second and third years of implementation, the scope of work was expanded to include other areas of HIV prevention and care, such as prevention of mother-to-child transmission, mental health, and community and home-based care. FHI 360 works closely with the Government of Vietnam, CDC and other partners to institutionalize MMT capacity building within the government’s system, to support and strengthen a clinical mentorship system, and to establish a system of linked social and health-related services for people who use drugs. FHI 360 also works with the Government of Vietnam, Pathfinder International, academic institutions and other partners to develop curricula, training packages, distance learning modules and e-learning modules to strengthen pre-service, in-service and continuing medical education systems for HIV prevention and care, drug use treatment and palliative care services. The project improves services for people with HIV/AIDS by ensuring that laboratories meet internationally accepted quality standards. Finally, the project strengthens the capacity of Vietnam’s public health research institutions and government to develop and operationalize a national research agenda, to systematize ethical review processes and to build consensus on more comprehensive health research systems strategies.