14 April 2017 - Considering the Vietnam Administration for HIV/AIDS Control (VAAC), National Tuberculosis Program (NTP) and Global Fund for AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (GFATM)’s decision to implement the integrated TB/HIV services model in 12 focus provinces, VAAC and NTP requested USAID SHIFT to provide intensive technical assistance (TA) to two of these provinces: Nghe An and Dien Bien. USAID SHIFT, VAAC, NTP, USAID Challenge TB and provincial partners provided training on TB/HIV integration in September and October 2016. Follow-up from this included provincial TA to support each province in developing their own integration standard operating procedures (SOP), based on the Ministry of Health’s standards, both of which were approved and issued by their Provincial Departments of Health. In supporting the implementation of these SOPs, USAID SHIFT provided TA on-site and with provincial leaders in Nghe An from February 28 – March 3 and in Dien Bien from March 28-31, covering personnel, infrastructure, infection control, supply, and patient flow to set up new TB/HIV integrated services and management. The team also provided TA on the diagnosis and treatment of TB and HIV, including intensive TB case-finding, isoniazid preventive therapy (IPT), HIV counseling and testing for TB patients, TB treatment and ART for TB/HIV co-infected patients and TB patients and HIV patients. The joint TA trip was the result of a coordinated effort from the central level (VAAC and NTP), provincial level (Provincial AIDS Center [PAC], provincial TB hospitals) and project level (USAID SHIFT and Challenge TB), and will be followed up by the PACs and provincial TB hospitals to address issues that arise as the integrated TB/HIV facilities become operational in April 2017. Based on the joint TA framework and lessons learned, the PACs and provincial TB hospitals will develop their own TA plan to continue providing TA to the remaining facilities.