The Support to Programme Activities for the Prevention of Mother-to-Child Transmission of HIV (PMTCT) in Viet Nam (the Project) was implemented through the Government of Viet Nam (GOV) Ministry of Health (MOH) and Provincial and District Departments of Health (DOH) in five selected pilot districts, and with the support of UNICEF Viet Nam. Planning started in 2001, with implementation of a subproject Pilot component from June 2004 to December 2007. National level activities are planned to continue through 2010. The total cost of the Pilot was $M1.048.
The overall goal of the Project is to contribute to the reduction of transmission of HIV from motherto-child in Viet Nam, through a well-functioning PMTCT system, operating according to national standards, and incorporating strong participation from the community. The Project has five main objectives: (i) PMTCT agenda in Viet Nam advocated for, including building national capacity and development of the National Program of Action for PMTCT program; (ii) a model of PMTCT interventions created and tested that can be evaluated and later contribute to nation-wide scale-up activities by the Government of Vietnam; iii. pilot PMTCT project activities functioning in five provinces with high prevalence of HIV. Voluntary counseling and testing (VCT) services at pilot sites established; (iv) best community practices on HIV prevention through behavior change communication (BCC) activities promoted; and (v) best infant feeding practices, in particular, informed decision on feeding by HIV positive mothers promoted.