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AIDS Public Policy Training Project - VIETNAM

The Vietnam AIDS Public Policy Training Project is dedicated to building the capacity of government and Party leaders at national and provincial levels to respond effectively to the HIV/AIDS epidemic. The Project trains political leaders about the determinants and potential impacts of AIDS and about successful strategies for an effective multi-sectoral response, including the contributions of NGOs, civil society and the business sector. Emphasizing HIV/AIDS as a development issue requiring strong government leadership, the course introduces international and Vietnamese best practices in prevention, treatment, and impact mitigation; reviews the main debates at the global and national levels about the HIV/AIDS response; and offers practical strategies for improving mutli-sectoral leadership and collaboration on HIV/AIDS policies and programs. The Project is a joint initiative between the Institute for Human Rights Research and the Institute for Sociology at the Ho Chi Minh National Political Academy, Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government and Health Policy Initiative in Vietnam.

Description of the Vietnam Project
Faced with a rapidly growing national epidemic, high-level Vietnamese officials recognize that an effective national AIDS response requires the participation and collaboration of a wide range of governmental and non-governmental agencies in developing prevention, treatment and impact mitigation programs and policies. To date, however, there has been little effort to systematically engage such policy makers in designing and implementing effective multi-sectoral AIDS programs.

Curriculum Content
The Faculty convened by the Ho Chi Minh National Political Academy, Harvard University and Health Policy Initiative have developed a training program on AIDS public policy specifically for Vietnamese government leaders working in the sectors of health, public security, social affairs, education, justice, trade, finance, planning and investment and foreign affairs. The course presents AIDS as a development issue requiring coordinated, evidence-based policy action and budget allocation. The curriculum covers economic, social and rights perspectives; the determinants and potential impacts of AIDS; international and Vietnamese best practices in prevention, treatment, and impact mitigation; and successful strategies for an effective multi-sectoral response, including practical strategies for improving leadership based on inter-sectoral and multi-level collaboration. The foundation of this curriculum has been developed by Harvard and Boston-based international AIDS experts, and has been adapted to the Vietnamese context by the entire Faculty team of Vietnamese and international faculty. The course combines lectures, teaching cases, group discussions and field visits to maximize policy makers’ exposure to the most current HIV/AIDS issues. Strategic planning exercises at the end of the training are designed to contextualize the participants’ development of multi-sectoral AIDS response plans at both national and local levels. (Click here for detailed course information)

DaNang Treatment & Care Presentation - May 2007

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