Stop TB Partnership

Zero TB Vietnam Launch

In September the Ministry of Health approved the implementation of Zero TB Vietnam - a comprehensive TB care model supported by the Stop TB Partnership - in 3 cities of Ho Chi Minh City, Hai Phong, and Hoi An. On September 6, the consensus building meeting for Zero TB Vietnam was organized in Hai Phong City, officially launching the project in all three cities. The meeting convened all major stakeholders, including municipal leaders, international partners and local implementers of the project. Hosted by the National TB program, the meeting was attended by leadership of provincial health departments and TB programs from Ho Chi Minh City, Hai Phong City and Quang Nam Province. Local implementers and International partners included the Ho Chi Minh Public Health Association and the Vietnam Association Against Tuberculosis and Lung Diseases (VATLD) as well as Friends for International TB Relief (FIT) and the Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI).

All actors identified and agreed on their roles and responsibilities to achieve the goals of the project. These goals include increase case detection through screening activities, introduce new diagnosis procedures and technology, apply comprehensive, patient-centric care, targeted TB infection treatment, and strengthening of PPM. Another key output of the project is the development and dissemination of evidence in each of the aforementioned areas to inform policy and facilitate scale-up. The meeting concluded with a concrete implementation plan and was followed by a day-long Training of Trainers with participants from each province. Next, each province will recruite their respective cadres of community health workers and host consensus building workshops for each intervention district of the three cities.