Viet Nam gets more value for money through integration of HIV services

Published: October 24, 2014

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A “one-stop-shop” health centre in Hanoi is providing integrated HIV and other healthcare services that are achieving progress and maximizing investments in the AIDS response in Viet Nam. Hanoi’s South Tu Liem district health centre is a model that the Viet Nam Authority for HIV/AIDS Control plans to replicate in high-burden areas of the country.

“Today I saw three things which will help not only Viet Nam but also other countries; integration and decentralization of services; a patient-centred approach; and peer support,” said UNAIDS Executive Director Michel Sidibé during a tour of the health centre. “It is important to bring people together from different social backgrounds and support them to become actors for change for HIV.”

The health centre provides a full range of HIV services to key populations, including people who inject drugs, sex workers and men who have sex with men. It is also the primary healthcare centre for the district’s general population. More than 500 people are receiving antiretroviral treatment and more than 300 people who inject drugs are on methadone maintenance therapy. The health centre also has peer outreach services, including needle and syringe distribution, HIV counselling and testing, tuberculosis diagnosis and treatment, prevention of mother-to-child transmission, as well as home-based care and peer support for treatment adherence.

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