Substance Use Disorders and HIV in Vietnam Conference Presentations
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What is the VHATTC?
The Vietnam HIV-Addiction Technology Transfer Center (VHATTC) has been established as a collaborative network to improve linkages between health and human service sectors in Vietnam that address human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), substance use disorder (SUD), mental health (MH), and other public health (PH) issues. Vietnam is experiencing an HIV epidemic due, in large part, to the persistent problem of injection heroin use. In addition, there is evidence of increasing amphetamine-type stimulant (ATS) use in the southern part of Vietnam, particularly among sex workers. There is an urgent need for workforce development in the area of HIV, mental health, and substance use disorders. .
VHATTC Goals and Objectives
The ultimate goal of the VHATTC is to reduce the individual and societal harm in Vietnam from HIV and SUDs. Specific objectives include:
- To strengthen the substance use, mental health, and HIV treatment workforce,
- To promote partnerships with key stakeholders to improve the quality of and
access to substance use, mental health, and HIV treatment; and
- To develop recovery-oriented systems of care within Vietnam.
The VHATTC is located at Hanoi Medical University (HMU) and led by the University’s President, Nguyen Duc Hinh, MD, PhD, and the Project Coordinator, Giang Minh Le, MD, PhD.