Community Health


Pioneering Methods

Since 2015, LIFE has been the first organization to introduce PEPFAR-funded community-based non-specialized HIV testing (PATEP) through PATH. In August 2016, LIFE pioneered the use of voluntary HIV testing services through the CBO network. Since March 2017, LIFE has been a pioneer in coordinating with 2 private clinics, 4 public clinics and CBO network in the research study of pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) for men who have sex with men and partners of people living with HIV in Ho Chi Minh City.

CBO Community Ecosystem LIFE establishes partnership with 34 CBOs that are peer groups within vulnerable communities. These CBOs are assisted by LIFE in technical and operation management providing HIV prevention programs, care and support for people at high risk of infection, including men who have sex with men, transgender women, drug users, female sex workers, people living with HIV.

DEVELOPMENT COOPERATION LIFE establishes partnerships with local authorities to mobilize the participation of government intermediaries and the cooperation of the parties in the LIFE projects.

Fast follow-up treatment HTS, OPC for ART, STI treatment and Methadone treatment are combined treatment programs achieved through an extensive network of out reach workers and self-help groups. With the support of CBOs and LIFE more than 95% of people diagnosed with HIV are supported with treatment.

Monitoring and evaluation LIFE set up an M&E system with primary data and feedback from government intermediaries to report project data to the M&E system to prevent duplicattion.

2018 – 2020

VUSTA-Global Fund for Prevention of AIDS Project

The Global Fund has started supporting the development, role and responsibilities of civil society organisations in responding to the HIV / AIDS epidemic in Vietnam since 2010, including the main participating partners: VUSTA – The Vietnam Union of Science and Technology Associations is responsible for managing the project component and 3 affiliated civil society organizations that coordinate the activities of 99 community-based organizations.

In particular, LIFE Center is the unit that coordinates 30 community organizations in the South and South Central region, including 5 provinces and cities: Ho Chi Minh City, Dong Nai, Binh Duong, Ba Ria – Vung Tau and Khanh Hoa. Prior to the funding phase of the project, the role of civil society and community organizations was not clear; In the period of 2010-2017, the contributions of civil society organizations – community organizations are increasingly evident, and is one of the outstanding features of the AIDS program under the main sponsorship of the Global Fund.

2016 – 2021

USAID Enhanced Community HIV Link – Southern

LIFE Center has led community based organizations in Ho Chi Minh City and Dong Nai to implement the project: “USAID Enhanced Community HIV Link – Southern”. The project receives direct assistance from the US government, through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR). This is one of the US government’s efforts to support Vietnam to increase resources to achieve the nation’s strategic goals 90-90-90 and the United Nations strategy to end the AIDS epidemic by 2030. Quoc. At the same time, in the context of transferring the financial resources of AIDS programs in Vietnam: from foreign aid to national self-payment, the project also implements the strategy to improve team development, organizing and advocating capacity for community organizations to participate in the project.

2018 – 2019

Sub-award from USAID Healthy Markets Project

The LIFE Center is the coordinating unit between PATH and community based organizations to deliver HIV prevention prevention packages to high-risk clients and their partners, as committed by the Enhanced Project connect the HIV prevention community in the South region sponsored by USAID and PEPFAR.

– Enhance HIV testing services in the community for high-risk groups, partners of PLHIV and send them to confirmatory, care and treatment facilities including counseling on health insurance.
– Coordinate and motivate CBOs to send high-risk HIV-infected clients to use of pre- and post-exposure HIV prevention services (PEP and PrEP) as an additional HIV prevention measure.
– Encourage customers who are at risk to go to public or private health facilities for PrEP, PEP and other HIV-related services such as sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and Hep C.

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