17 March 2017 - USAID SHIFT is intensifying technical support for Provincial AIDS Centers (PACs), district health facilities, and commune health centers to make antiretroviral therapy (ART) available at the commune level, improving access and convenience for HIV patients and mitigating “loss-to-follow-up.” This project initiative aligns with WHO, UNAIDS and PEPFAR recommendations to decentralize treatment to the community level for stable patients (“differentiated care”) to improve service efficiency and ART retention. USAID SHIFT conducted ART commune-level management training in Nghia Dan and Quy Hop districts in Nghe An from March 16-17. The day-and-a-half training was attended by 40 people, including specialized HIV staff, doctors, nurses, and pharmacists from the two district health centers and 16 commune health stations (8 from each district). As of February 2017, 1,921 PLHIV were receiving ARV treatment through commune health stations in Ho Chi Minh City, Nghe An, and Dien Bien.

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