Vietnam has impressed the international development community with its rapid progress, despite its relatively recent colonial past. Greater access to education, higher incomes and gross domestic product, and decreases in poverty are indicators that Vietnam has made tremendous progress since the political and economic reforms of 1986.
The Vietnamese government’s commitment to developing quality, accessible healthcare services extends to the estimated 260,000 people living with HIV. In all of Asia, Vietnam is the first country to commit to the United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDs (UNAIDS) 90-90-90 targets, which are designed to rapidly expand HIV treatment.
Through my Global Health Fellowship, I developed a series of human interest stories to help highlight how the USAID Sustainable Management of the HIV/AIDS Response and Transition to Technical Assistance Project (SMART TA) initiative – managed by FHI 360 – worked to address this issue. FHI 360 is a nonprofit human development organization dedicated to improving lives in lasting ways by advancing integrated, locally driven solutions. FHI 360’s headquarters is in Durham, North Carolina and serves more than 60 countries. FHI 360 oversaw SMART TA, a five-year (2011-2016), $45 million program designed to develop a quality, comprehensive HIV response that can be sustained by the Vietnamese government in the years to come.
In an effort to ensure that progress against HIV is felt throughout Vietnam, SMART TA used innovation and best practices to help Vietnam meet its goals. One of the key tools developed by SMART TA was the carefully designed cascade of HIV prevention, care and treatment strategies known as the Continuum of HIV Prevention to Care. Throughout 2016, the fifth and final year of the SMART TA program, FHI 360 worked to transition this care continuum for people living with HIV to the Vietnamese government. It is thanks to the government’s unwavering responsibility to its people, and to the incredible commitment of Vietnam’s health community, that USAID and FHI 360’s successful approach will continue.
Tory Archibald manages internal communications for the European Regional Head of Pfizer’s Essential Health Business.
From April through August 2016, Tory served as a Global Health Fellow with FHI 360 in Hanoi, Vietnam. FHI 360 is a nonprofit human development organization dedicated to improving lives in lasting ways by advancing integrated, locally-driven solutions. Tory joined FHI 360 in the final year of the United States Agency for International Development Sustainable Management of the HIV/AIDS Response and Transition to Technical Assistance Project (SMART TA) to support its strategic communications efforts. SMART TA was a five-year initiative managed by FHI 360 that strove to ensure quality, comprehensive and sustainable HIV services through a strengthened national response.