In partnership with both local government, mass organisations and other Vietnamese NGOs, LIFE provides HIV related prevention, care and support programs to various vulnerable and most-at-risk populations including people living with HIV (PLHIV) especially women and children infected and affected by HIV, female and male sex workers, men who have sex with men, mobile and migrant populations. LIFE trained and worked with HIV, reproductive/sexual health and social service providers to provide non-stigmatizing and gender-responsive services to the targeted populations. Referral to need-based health and social services has always been an integral project activity, achieved through a network of community-based outreach workers and mentors recruited and trained by LIFE.
Currently, LIFE is working in 29 out of 64 provinces of Vietnam with major programs in 11 provinces and cities.
Community health and resilience projects implemented by LIFE Centre include:
+ “USAID Community HIV Link-Southern Project” which aims to strengthen community HIV/AIDS services to support a sustainable national HIV/AIDS response, specifically delivering effective community-based HIV/AIDS services to a total of 6,000 key populations including 4,000 high risk populations (IDU, FSW and MSM) and 2,000 PLHIV in Ho Chi Minh City, Can Tho and An Giang Province (May 2014 – May 2016)
+ “Strengthen grassroots women’s climate change resilience” which aims at empowering community women to identify climate change risks and challenges to themselves and resources in the community and developing an action plan to address such risks and challenges, funded by Huairou Commission| Community Resilience Fund (December 2013-December 2014)
+ “USAID Pathways for Participation” Project which aims for empowered and effective civil society organizations that provide a sustainable and significant impact, are accountable to their constituencies, and contribute to the national HIV/AIDS responses, funded by PEPFAR/USAID (October 2011 – February 2014)
+ “The Global Fund for HIV/AIDS Prevention and Control Project” (under Civil Society Strengthening/VUSTA Project Component) aiming at strengthening capacity of community-based organizations to prevent HIV infection and transmission among MSM and sex partners of PLHIV and IDU and to provide care and support for PLHIV and OVC, funded by The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (January 2011 – December 2015)
+ “Strengthening Health Systems and Community Response to Address Climate Change Challenges in the Mekong Delta, Vietnam” Project aiming to strengthen the health system to increase access to health insurance for the poor community and to address the climate change challenges in Tien Giang Province in the Mekong River Delta, Viet Nam, funded by Rockefeller Foundation (September 2011 – November 2012)
+ “We want to be heard”: Working together with male sex workers in Vietnam to reduce their HIV and STI risks” Project aiming to increase safer sexual behavior to prevent HIV and STI among 500 MSW in Ho Chi Minh City; and to increase greater access to prevention, treatment and social services for MSW reached by the project, funded by PEPFAR/USAID ( June 2009 –September 2011)
+ “Vietnamese Children Stay Safe for Improved Life Skills” Project aiming to raise awareness and knowledge of children aged between 11 and 17 years living in the warm house/open houses in HCMC on risks and harm from child violence, abuse and exploitation, funded by Hong Kong and Shanghai Bank (HSBC) | Future First program (August 2010 – March 2011)
+ “Reduce Vietnamese women’s vulnerabilities to migration related risks” Project aim to provide poor rural women at native places are provided with knowledge and skills related to livelihoods, development, sexual and reproductive health, and migration and build capacity of the local authorities and Women’s Union to initiate, implement and sustain activities that help reducing women’s vulnerabilities related to poverty and unsafe migration, funded by The Ford Foundation (May 2008 –October 2010)
+ “Engendering the Care and Treatment Response: Addressing the Needs of Women Living with HIV in Vietnam” Project aiming to improve the quality of HIV/AIDS and non-HIV/AIDS sector services and support networks in providing gender responsive, client-centered services to WLHIV by capacity building of health care providers and the engagement of WLHIV in the interventions”, funded PEPFAR/USAID (July 2008 – September 2009)
+ “Poor Ethnic Minority Women in Development” Project aiming to enable poor women, especially ethnic women, in the two project hamlets of Tan Tien Commune, Binh Phuoc Province, to proactively contribute experiences, ideas and initiatives to improving the quality of life for themselves and their family, funded by SIDA Gender Fund (October 1, 2007 – July 1, 2008)