13 October 2017 - On Friday, October 13 the Vietnam Authority for HIV/AIDS Control (VAAC) published the country’s first online, openly accessible database of HIV treatment data via its website. Doing so required significant effort from the USAID SHIFT project over the previous 10 months. Historically, the VAAC was reluctant to share access to the C03 database, for which provinces are required to submit monthly reports on the number and types of patients treated for HIV in their respective districts. The USAID SHIFT project built trust with VAAC counterparts first to review and help clean the C03 database, then to build the case for making its contents publicly available, and finally to develop and customize the dashboard to VAAC specifications. Having timely access to transparent data is crucial to monitor and strengthen the HIV response. The USAID SHIFT project overcame significant logistical, technology and political barriers to make this happen in a short timeframe. The online dashboard will not only ensure that the VAAC and implementing partners can better monitor the HIV response, but will increase provincial accountability and commitment to enroll and retain HIV patients on treatment and submit accurate C03 reports in a timely manner. The effort also underscores USAID SHIFT’s role as a national leader in strategic information solutions for a more effective HIV response. On Friday, October 20 the VAAC will convene an official meeting to showcase and further disseminate the tool. Afterwards, USAID SHIFT will assist VAAC to use the dashboard to convene online provincial HIV progress reviews/webinars and prioritize provinces for data quality audits.
Access the tool at http://vaac.gov.vn/solieu/Detail/Dashboard-ra-soat-so-lieu-bao-cao-TT03. Sample screenshot below.