U.S. Government Supports Cutting-edge Course for Vietnamese Doctors
HANOI, August 22, 2012 – HIV experts gathered today in Hanoi to design a cutting-edge, online course for Vietnamese doctors. With support from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC), and in collaboration with the University of Washington and the Hanoi Medical University, the panel of experts initiated the first steps that will lead to a continuing medical education (CME) distance-learning course that engages Vietnamese doctors in the life-saving area of HIV care and treatment.
The first of its kind in Vietnam, the course will enable doctors to stay up to date with 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. Leading professionals in HIV healthcare will provide video and audio lectures which can be easily accessed by local doctors online 24-hours a day. The lectures will cover critical areas such as HIV/TB co-infections and the side effects of antiretroviral treatment.
“Approaches to care and treatment for HIV patients change rapidly, so it is vital that Vietnamese doctors keep abreast of these changes,” said Dr. Pham Thanh Thuy, Deputy Head of Bach Mai Hospital’s Infectious Diseases Department, and one of the panel’s experts.
“Through these courses our doctors can increase their knowledge of HIV which they can then apply to service delivery for HIV-infected people,” said Dr. Pham. “CME is quite new in Vietnam, so we’re very fortunate to have support from PEPFAR and CDC to help us put this program in place.”
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.