27 October 2017 - On Friday, October 27, USAID SHIFT joined with the Vietnam Authority for HIV/AIDS Control (VAAC) and partners to expand two major efforts in the fight against HIV: Individual Treatment Continuation Plans (ITCPs) and an Enhanced Antiretroviral Therapy (ART) Retention Strategy. The USAID SHIFT project developed and secured VAAC buy-in for these two schemes to serve as the framework for several significant aspects of the country’s HIV response. Through ITCPs, USAID SHIFT developed training and tools for HIV treatment providers to ensure that each patient will continue ART with reduced donor support. More than 40,000 PLHIV have developed ITCPs to date. USAID SHIFT will support provincial authorities in Ho Chi Minh City, Quang Ninh, Can Tho, Dien Bien, and Nghe An complete and implement ITCPs for all patients and enter corresponding data into a joint USAID SHIFT-VAAC online system. The project will support provincial and national authorities to track and utilize these data to monitor and promote ITCP scale-up and address emerging challenges. The VAAC also confirmed that it will use the Enhanced Retention Strategy to monitor, protect and promote ART retention. USAID SHIFT will join a VAAC-led technical working group to oversee its rollout across provinces. Together the Enhanced ART Retention Strategy and ITCPs will reduce patient attrition, protect PEPFAR investments, and improve outcomes for HIV patients, local authorities and international donors alike. VAAC’s endorsement and use of these strategies exemplifies USAID SHIFT’s role as a trusted partner during the seminal transition period.