April 7, 2017 - Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC) is home to a quarter of Vietnam’s HIV patients on antiretroviral therapy (ART). Ensuring that people living with HIV (PLHIV) in HCMC are effectively linked to, enrolled in, and retained on ART is therefore vital to the nation’s HIV response. USAID SHIFT is strengthening the capacity of the HCMC Provincial AIDS Center (PAC) as well as the Vietnam Network of People Living with HIV (VNP+) and Blue Sky Club – a community-based organization (CBO) that works with HCMC PAC to reach and support men who have sex with men (MSM) at elevated risk for HIV. On March 30, USAID SHIFT joined with more than 150 representatives from national and provincial health, HIV and insurance authorities, health facilities, CBOs and implementing partners to review and activate social health insurance (SHI) scale-up for HIV services while retaining PLHIV on ART in HCMC. With support from USAID SHIFT and others, participants analyzed health insurance payouts for HIV services, discussed means to ensure the continued availability of antiretrovirals (ARVs), and reviewed progress in consolidating sites and coordinating referrals to prevent attrition. USAID SHIFT assisted Blue Sky Club and VNP+ to prepare and deliver presentations on active case finding, patient referrals and linkages, HCMC HIV patients’ real world experiences during the transition, and methods to increase PLHIV access to and use of SHI.