Health Policy Initiatives (HPI)
USAID/PEPFAR USA in partnership with Abt Associates:
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
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)