AIDS Initiative gets new funding
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has renewed an important grant program that teaches physicians and nurses in Vietnam how to care for patients with HIV/AIDS.
The Harvard Medical School AIDS Initiative in Vietnam is based at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and led by Dr. Howard Libman of the Division of General Medicine and Primary Care. The project includes 13 staff based in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. BIDMC's Bridget Gardner, 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.
The project is just part of the programs and services at BIDMC for patients with HIV or AIDS.