11 February 2018 - USAID SHIFT is working intensively to enroll and retain HIV patients on antiretroviral therapy (ART). Doing so is the key to achieving HIV epidemic control, given the powerful benefits of ART in promoting health while preventing onward transmission. In the first quarter of fiscal year 2018 (October-December 2017), the project newly enrolled 735 people living with HIV (PLHIV) on ART across 55 sites, or 109% of its quarterly target for this indicator. This positive performance comes at a crucial period, as Vietnam prepares to transition ownership and financing for ART to local stakeholders in late 2018. USAID SHIFT and collaborating Provincial AIDS Centers (PACs) and Health Departments (DOHs) have worked intensively to accelerate ART enrollment towards achieving epidemic control. This includes fortifying linkages from HIV diagnosis to treatment, expediting ART initiation for diagnosed patients, intensifying ART adherence counseling, and streamlining patient tracking and reporting systems. Latest results show that these combined technical strategies are working, and generating substantive progress towards ending HIV in Vietnam.