12 January 2018 - Vietnam is home to more than 120,000 HIV patients on antiretroviral therapy (ART). In less than 12 months, the country will must transition the virtual entirety of these from donor-funded to locally-financed ART. On January 3rd and 11th USAID SHIFT trained 56 healthcare providers from Bac Giang and Lao Cai provinces to implement Individual Treatment Continuation Plans (ITCPs) – a strategy and suite of tools developed by USAID SHIFT. These trainees will now embark on counseling and supporting their 1,677 ART patients to develop and implement ITCPs which will ensure they stay on treatment during the transition, whether through social health insurance, out-of-pocket payments, or other arrangements. By January 12th, USAID SHIFT and its partners had helped more than 53,000 patients deploy ITCPs and providers to upload the details for each plan into the online ITCP data entry and analysis system. With the addition of Bac Giang and Lao Cai, ITCPs are being rolled across 10 of the country’s highest HIV-burden provinces. As a result, tens of thousands of HIV patients now have clearer paths to ensure they retain access to life-saving treatment, and local HIV stakeholders have the information they need to protect those paths.