19 May 2017 - On May 11th, USAID SHIFT and Tuan Giao District Health Center (DHC) in Dien Bien province welcomed USAID Vietnam Mission Director Mr. Michael Greene. During the visit, project and facility staff showcased HIV services and systems which are enabling a sustainable, locally-driven response. The district is home to more than 1,000 people living with HIV and approximately 1,700 key population members at significant risk of infection, including 900 people who inject drugs. Mr. Greene observed the numerous HIV services which USAID and PEPFAR have enabled in recent years, including methadone maintenance therapy to reduce drug dependence and transmission risk, HIV testing and counseling, and comprehensive HIV care and treatment. As Vietnam transitions from donor to local financing for its HIV response, Mr. Greene was also able to see firsthand the facility’s significant achievements in consolidating services and integrating health information systems (eHIS-HIV) for maximum efficiency. With USAID SHIFT expertise and support, Tuan Giao DHC is now one of nine HIV treatment facilities in Dien Bien offering social health insurance-eligible HIV services and the eHIS-HIV system for streamlined patient management and reporting. As of March 31, 2017, the Tuan Giao district health center (DHC) received VND 143,379,965 in SHI reimbursements for HIV treatment services rendered to 322 clients.

"I have been on treatment [for HIV] for nine years and I also had second child during treatment process and my child is healthy. I feel so grateful to doctors, the project and donor."  - Female anti-retroviral therapy patient

"I have been on treatment [for HIV] for nine years and I also had second child during treatment process and my child is healthy. I feel so grateful to doctors, the project and donor." - Female anti-retroviral therapy patient

"Since I went on methadone treatment, I've got a job as a peer educator so I have an allowance. I also work on a poultry farm so we have stable income. My wife is happier, she doesn't need to scold me as before  ."  - Male MMT patient

"Since I went on methadone treatment, I've got a job as a peer educator so I have an allowance. I also work on a poultry farm so we have stable income. My wife is happier, she doesn't need to scold me as before." - Male MMT patient