Just over a quarter of a million people are living with HIV in Vietnam. As in much of East Asia, injecting drug use is a key driver of the epidemic. UNAIDS estimates that there are 271,506 people who inject drugs in Vietnam.
We work with The Center for Supporting Community Development Initiatives (SCDI) in Vietnam to support people most affected by HIV – including people who inject drugs and sex workers – to be part of the HIV response. In 2016 SCDI reached 25,132 people from most at risk groups with prevention activities.
Their work includes needle and syringe programmes - which are vital in preventing the transmission of HIV in Vietnam - and care and support for people living with HIV. SCDI also supports self-help groups with mentoring and legal support, carries out research, and provides training and support for other community organisations working on HIV in Vietnam.