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Harvard Medical School AIDS Initiative in Vietnam (HAIVN)

Harvard Medical School AIDS Initiative in Vietnam (HAIVN)

HAIVN, which is based at BIDMC, has been competitively refunded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to continue HIV/AIDS training of Vietnamese physicians and nurses. Dr. Howard Libman of the Division of General Medicine and Primary Care directs the project, which includes over 25 staff based in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Bridget Gardner, also based within the Division, serves as associate director of the project. HAIVN is mandated under the President's Emergency Plan Fund for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) to provide clinical training in HIV/AIDS care and antiretroviral therapy for health care professionals in Vietnam at sites that receive funding from the CDC or US government partner agencies. Training consists of clinical mentoring, as well as courses consisting of lectures and case-based discussions. HAIVN also supports the Vietnam Ministry of Health in the development of HIV/AIDS curricula, guidelines, and policies.

For more information on the project, please contact Bridget Gardner, Associate Director, at, or visit our Web site at