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CDC Supports First-Ever HIV/AIDS Website for Vietnamese Healthcare Professionals

HANOI, November 29, 2012 – Health officials gathered today at Hanoi Medical University for the launch of a new website that provides continuing medical education in the area of HIV/AIDS. The first of its kind in Vietnam, the website will help healthcare professionals stay abreast of the latest trends in HIV healthcare, and will ensure better service delivery by strengthening the country’s healthcare system and its capacity to effectively counter the spread of HIV.

Funded by the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), and supported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in collaboration with Hanoi Medical University and University of Washington, the website consists of modules developed by Vietnamese HIV experts and includes video and audio lectures, which local physicians and other healthcare workers can access 24-hours a day.  Online content will cover critical areas such as HIV/TB co-infections, the side effects of antiretroviral treatment, and new approaches to HIV testing and counseling needs, as well as looking at case studies of people infected with HIV, with a specific focus on Vietnam.

“Digital technology is everywhere these days, improving our lives in all sorts of ways,” said Dr. Do Duy Cuong, Director of the HIV Outpatient Clinic at Bach Mai Hospital. “And it’s vital that we integrate this kind of technology in Vietnam’s healthcare system, not only in HIV but in other health-related areas. This new website lets us do this, so doctors and others working in HIV can develop their skills in HIV medicine, whether they are in the city or in a remote village – wherever they have a computer and an internet connection.”

“This website will help Vietnamese doctors to fill gaps in critical areas of knowledge, skills and behavior related to HIV medicine,” said Dr. Pham Thi Van Anh, Hai Phong Medical University’s Deputy Head of Department of Infectious Diseases. “As the web content was developed by HIV experts who know how the HIV epidemic is behaving in Vietnam and the best strategies to manage it effectively.”

“Also, the content is in Vietnamese,” she added. “So us doctors, and other healthcare workers, can learn in our own language about the latest advances in HIV medicine and take courses that develop our skills in HIV care and treatment – so as external funding declines, we can be assured that we are equipped to manage the nation’s HIV epidemic effectively and sustainably.”

Through PEPFAR and CDC, the United States has committed more than US$10 million over the past two years to train and support Vietnam’s health professionals to combat HIV and strengthen health systems.

To learn more about this initiative go to http://elearning.hmu.edu.vn/cme/