Health Policy Initiatives (HPI)

USAID/PEPFAR USA in partnership with Abt Associates:

Duration: 2009-2013

PHAD was officially been selected to work with Abt Associates Inc. together with COHED, ISDS, Ho Chi Minh National Political Academy, and Boston University to implement the HPI Project. The project was funded by USAID using the fund from PEPFAR.

The HPI project was designed to assist the collaborative efforts of the Government of Vietnam, U.S. Government, civil society organizations (CSOs), and other stakeholders to develop and implement evidence-based and best practice-driven laws, policies, plans, and programs for HIV/AIDS prevention, care and treatment and impact mitigation in Vietnam. The HPI Vietnam aimed to achieve three key results:

1. Adoption and implementation of national and local HIV/AIDS policies, plans, and programs based on international best practice;

2. Strengthen support effective public sector and civil society advocates and networks to assume leadership in the policy process;

3. Development and deployment of timely and accurate data for evidence-based decision making.

Many stakeholders are involved in and influence the development of laws, policies, and programs addressing the HIV/AIDS epidemic in Vietnam. There are many sensitive issues involved and the political landscape is extremely complex. To enhance the ongoing development and improvement of HIV/AIDS-related laws, policies, and programs in Vietnam steps were taken to disseminate information on laws and policies to program implementers (so they know what they can legally do and should do, and to policy makers so they can understand the inconsistencies, gaps, and weaknesses, as well as the strengths, in the legal and policy environment; Implementing programs according to law and policy; Monitor and evaluate laws, policies, plans, programs, and resource allocation; and thus provide a continuous feedback loop so that further revisions and improvements to laws, policies, and programs may be achieved.

In seeking to positively influence this process, Abt Associates Inc. considered the following principles to be integral to the HPI for Vietnam:

• Work closely with all stakeholders, including government, civil society, UN agencies, and others;

• Listen, encourage, and gather input on HPI activities;

• Assess the needs and gaps in all activity areas;

• Address identified needs and fill gaps, coordinating with existing efforts and avoiding duplication with the activities of other stakeholders

Other project

m-Health Messaging to Motivate Quitline Use and Quitting (M2Q2) (1)

International Honors Program (6)

SMS and application in Infectious Surveillance System in Viet Nam (Location: Hoa Binh, Hung Yen province - Duration: July 2012 - Dec 2012) (1)

Improved access, equity, quality and utilization of commune health services, in particular by women from poor, ethnic minorities and remote areas in Thai Nguyen - HMIS, partner with the Population Council (1)

Thai Nguyen computer-based Health Management Information System (1)

Health Policy Initiatives (HPI) (1)

Improving maternal and perinatal care for ethnic minorities in Thai Nguyen, Vietnam through an integrated eHealth and user-provider interaction model (1)

100% Condom Use Program in An Giang province (1)

Peer education for HIV prevention among newly recruit military of Viet Nam - partner with Military Medical Department (MMD) (1)

Pathways Project (1)

Increased access to comprehensive HIV care and support services for children orphaned or made vulnerable by HIV/AIDS in Lao Cai province (1)

Technical support for HIV prevention project along the highway from Noi Bai - Lao Cai at 4 Vinh Phuc, Phu Tho, Yen Bai and Lao Cai (1)

Feasibility study in preparation for Randomized Trial of Enhanced Primary Mental Health Care Implementation (2)

The Global Health Initiative Program (1)

Urban railway construction in Ho Chi Minh city, Ben Thanh – Suoi Tien section (1)

Strengthening VCT/PITC services at military health facilities - partner with MMD (1)

We Talk About Our Hypertension (2)

Mental health in adults and children (1)

Community-based social assistance and rehabilitation rehabilitation for people with mental illness and mental disorders, 2011 – 2020 (1)

Strongest Families (1)

Installing bio-toilets for schools and develop communication materials in Ho Quang Phin, Dong Van, Ha Giang (1)