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The establishment of Vietnam Network of Community on TB Control

Ngày 24 tháng 10 năm 2018

In Vietnam, while key affected populations actively and strongly participate in HIV prevention, community’s movement in Tuberculosis control is rather quiet. With efforts of a number of concerned organizations such as the Center for Supporting Community Development Initiatives (SCDI) and the World Health Organization (WHO), the community has paid attention to TB activities starting with the self-nomination of community delegates as TB patient representatives in the Global Fund’s Country Coordinating Mechanism (CCM).

In May 2014, two TB patients have been selected as main and secondary representatives in the CCM Vietnam (Chu Thai Son and Vu Ngoc Thuy Phuong). In September 2014, Chu Thai Son and another former TB patient have participated in a training on advocacy for TB control organized by the International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease in Kuala Lumpur. The training is the first opportunity for community members to build their capacity to participate in TB control.

In November 2014, at the Annual Meeting of the Vietnam Civil Society Partnership Platform on AIDS (VCSPA), a symposium on TB has been conducted. Dr. Le Van Hoi – Deputy Director of the National Institute of Tuberculosis and Lund Disease has presented basic knowledge about TB and TB disease, the situation of TB in Vietnam and introduced the National Strategy for TB Control until 2020 with the vision to 2030. The strategy aims to eliminate TB disease in Vietnam by 2030 and identifies community mobilization as one of its key activities. During the Annual Meeting, representatives of non-governmental and faith-based organizations, community organizations working with the urban poor, and 40 community organizations of PLHIV, people who use drugs, their primary sexual partners, sex workers, mem who have sex with men from 21 provinces over the country have decided to establish the Vietnam Network of Community on TB Control (VCTB) in order to contribute to achieve the goal of the National Strategy on TB Control. VCTB’s mission is to mobilize community to ensure their effective and meaningful involvement in the National TB Programs. VCTB identifies the overall goal is to mobilize community towards eliminating TB disease in Vietnam by 2030.

VCTB structure
Founding members of VCTB have elected the Steering Committee of 11 people, among those 3 are selected as network representatives. Currently, SCDI is the fiscal entity for VCTB.

VCTB operates as a cross-cutting network, utilizing the structure of existing community networks participating in VCSPA. This allows VCTB to reach key affected populations in many provinces, build their capacity as well as mobilize their participation in TB programs. This is one advantage of VCTB over other community networks, which often need to start with developing their members.

VCTB’s Steering Committee assumes the roles of coordinating, working closely with VCSPA and other networks, providing contents for and organizing TB-related activities. 

Priorities of VCTB for 2015
VCTB has identified 3 priorities for its first year, including:

  • Building capacity for Steering Committee and community organizations
  • Assessing the participation of community in TB control in Vietnam, identifying opportunities and challenges
  • Developing 3-year strategies of the network

In short, the establishment of VCTB marks an important step, proving the interests and concerns of the community in TB control in Vietnam in order to contribute to the National Strategic for TB Control.

Vu Manh Tri

The information of this event was also posted on the website of Stop TB Partnership.

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