Detailed Mechanism Funding and Narrative

Details for Mechanism ID: 5107
Country/Region: Vietnam
Year: 2007
Main Partner: U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Main Partner Program: NA
Organizational Type: Own Agency
Funding Agency: HHS/CDC
Total Funding: $2,855,000

Funding for Biomedical Prevention: Prevention of Mother to Child Transmission (MTCT): $32,728

This activity links to activities MTCT HCMC-PAC (9383) and MTCT MOH/VAAC (9384). This activity is supported with both Base and GHAI funds and relates to MTCT GHAI (9382).

Funds requested between GHAI and Base (GAP) account will support a LES (Pediatric AIDS Specialist) and 50% of two USPSCs (Program Officer, Program Management Specialist), including salary, benefits/allowances and official travel costs.

As members of the PEPFAR Care and treatment Team, these staff will provide and HCMC-PAC technical assistance (TA) and program oversight of the MOH/VAAC and HCMC-PAC PMTCT Program in program design, implementation and evaluation in design, implementation and evaluation of PMTCT programs. Technical assistance includes developing training curricula and conducting training to clinicians on PMTCT related issues and conducting quality assurance control on the implementation of protocols.

Funding for Sexual Prevention: Other Sexual Prevention (HVOP): $166,700

This activity is linked to HVOP USAID (9597) and HVAB CDC (9491).

Funds requested will support three LES (Medical Research Scientist, Research Technician, Program Officer), including salary, benefits and official travel costs.

As part of the PEPFAR Vulnerable Populations Team, these staff will provide technical assistance to GVN agencies, including the Ministry of Health (MOH) and the Ho Chi Minh City Provincial AIDS Committee (HCMC-PAC) in close collaboration with other PEPFAR partners and under the leadership of the PEPFAR Vietnam Prevention Technical Working Group. This includes coordinating with MOH, HCMC-PAC, and other PEPFAR partners, on all activities related to program design, implementation and evaluation of prevention interventions targeting most at-risk populations (MARPs) including injecting drug users (IDU) and commercial sex workers (CSW).

Funding for Care: Adult Care and Support (HBHC): $212,976

This activity is linked to HBHC CDCGHAI (9592) and is supported with both Base and GHAI funds.

Funds requested between GHAI and Base (GAP) accounts will support an LES (Medical Research Scientist), 50% of one USPSC (Medical Officer), and 65% of one USDH including salary, benefits and official travel costs.

As part of the PEPFAR Care and Treatment Team, these staff will provide technical assistance (TA) and program oversight to MOH and HCMC PAC outpatient clinics on all activities related to design, implementation and evaluation of care and the development of training curricula and delivery of training for clinicians and community members working in HIV palliative care activities. TA will be coordinated with all USG partners to maximize impact and efficiency the PEPFAR treatment program across agencies.

Funding for Care: TB/HIV (HVTB): $152,500

This activity is linked to HBHC MOH/VAAC (9529), HBHC HCMC-PAC (9533), HTXS MOH/VAAC (9398), and HTXS HMHC-PAC (9409).

Funds requested will support one LES (Research Scientist) and 50% of an Association of Schools of Public Health (ASPH) fellow, including salary, benefits and official travel costs. As part of the PEPFAR Care and Treatment Team, these staff will provide technical assistance and program oversight to MOH/VAAC and HCMC-PAC Palliative Care-TB/HIV programs.

Requested funds will also provide travel costs for TB Technical Advisor from the HHS/CDC Asia Regional Office in Bangkok, and at least three trips of extended duration for HHS/CDC Atlanta-based technical assistance.

Funding will permit HHS/CDC to conduct an assessment in collaboration with VAAC to document both the quantity and quality of TB screening in HIV care and treatment settings, and will support technical assistance to PEPFAR Vietnam and VAAC.

Funding for Care: Orphans and Vulnerable Children (HKID): $50,000

Funds requested will support 50% of an LES (Medical Research Scientist) and 50 % of an Association of Schools of Public Health (ASPH) Fellow, including salary, benefits and official travel costs.

As part of the PEPFAR Care and Treatment Team, these staff will provide technical assistance and program oversight in program design; implementation and evaluation of OVC related activities to MOH/VAAC and HCMC-PAC outpatient clinics. This will include implementing core OVC service packages for different partners and service delivery models; providing and brokering technical assistance and support to ensure quality and continuous program improvement.

Funding for Prevention: HIV Testing and Counseling (HVCT): $84,567

This activity is supported with both Base and GHAI funds and relates to HVCT CDCGHAI (9507).

Funds requested between GHAI and Base (GAP) accounts will support two LES (Research Scientist, Research Technician) and 50% of one USPSC (Program Officer) staff, including their salaries, benefits and official travel costs.

As members of the PEPFAR technical working group on Counseling and Testing, these staff will provide technical assistance (TA) and programmatic oversight to MOH/VAAC and HCMC-PAC in the design, implementation and evaluation of CT activities as well as development of training curricula and training of counselors and supervisors.

Funds will also support VAAC to coordinate and implement a "best practices in CT" experience-sharing meeting in FY07.

Funding for Treatment: Adult Treatment (HTXS): $150,371

This activity is supported with both BASE and GHAI funds and is linked to HTXS CDCGHAI (9418).

Funds requested between GHAI and Base (GAP) accounts will support 4 LES (3 Medical Research Scientists and 1 Program Officer) 50% of one Vietnam contractor (Medical Advisor HCMC), and 50% of one U.S. Contractor (Medical Officer), including salary, benefits and official travel costs.

As part of the PEPFAR Care and Treatment Team, these staff will provide technical assistance (TA) and program oversight to MOH/VAAC and HCMC-PAC outpatient clinics on all activities related to design, implementation and evaluation of ARV services for HIV infected individuals. TA will be coordinated with all USG partners to maximize impact and efficiency the PEPFAR treatment program across agencies.

Funding for Laboratory Infrastructure (HLAB): $123,426

This activity is linked to HLAB USLABCO (9719), HLAB NIHE (9506), and HLAB APHL (9499).

This activity is supported with both BASE and GHAI funds and is related to HLAB CDCGHAI (9500).

Funds requested between GHAI and Base (GAP) accounts will support one new LES (Lab Assistant), 50% of VNPSC (Medical Advisor-HCMC), 50% of one ASPH fellow and two full-time USPSCs (Senior Laboratory Scientist and Laboratory Information Specialist).

These staff will provide technical assistance (TA) and program oversight for prevention, care and treatment programs in PEPFAR-supported laboratory networks.

Funds will support TA from the laboratory technical working group, HHS/CDC Atlanta to laboratory partners in Vietnam including MOH agencies including VAAC, the National Institute of Hygiene and Epidemiology (NIHE), the National Institute of Infectious and Tropical Diseases (NIITD), and the Ho Chi Minh City Provincial AIDS Committee (HCMC-PAC). TA will consist of guidance on design, implementation and evaluation of laboratory programs, including the development of national standards for reference and provincial laboratories, development of training guidelines and training curricula, training of laboratory staff, and development of quality assurance (QA) systems strengthening for laboratories.

Funding for Strategic Information (HVSI): $356,499

This activity is linked to HVSI CDCGHAI (9876) and is supported with both Base and GHAI funds.

Funds requested between GHAI and Base (GAP) accounts will support 5 LES (Sr Program Officer, Program Officer, Computer Programmer, Field Officer, SI Assistant), 50% of USDH (Strategic Information Section Chief), a VNPSC (M & E Officer), and 1.50 ASPH fellows, including salary, benefits and official travel costs.

As members of the PEPFAR SI Team, these staff will provide technical assistance (TA) and program oversight GVN Agencies including MOH, HCMC PAC, NIHE and HSPH and other USG partners in the area of strategic information to strengthen capacity for collecting and analyzing data for program implementation, monitoring, evaluation and planning.

Funds will also support short term TA visits by technical experts to strengthen PEPFAR SI activities.

Some funds ($100,000) will also support IT infrastructure development for the PEPFAR team to facilitate interagency communication and central storage of data and program files. Equipping the PEPFAR Coordinator's office is also planned. Funds will also be used to provide IT solutions to PEPFAR information needs including internet and wide-area network connectivity, GPS hardware for activity mapping, handheld pc equipment for collecting non-facility-based or point-of-service information, and web-based solutions for facilitating information sharing with PEPFAR partners.

Funding for Health Systems Strengthening (OHSS): $137,105

This activity is supported with both Base and GHAI funds and relates to OHPS CDC GHAI (9544).

Funds requested between GHAI and Base (GAP) accounts will support 50% of 1USDH (Strategic Information Chief), including salary, benefits/allowances and official travel costs.

This staff member will provide technical assistance (TA) with MOH/VAAC, HCMC-PAC and other USG partners to strengthen capacity for implementing and evaluating HIV program activities in Vietnam. To coordinate and manage HIV programs the Government of Vietnam established the Vietnam Administration of AIDS Control (VAAC) in 2006, based within the MOH and therefore this is a critically important organization with which to coordinate and collaborate. Much can be done to build human resource capacity and harmonize HIV programming within Vietnam through VAAC.

Funding for Management and Operations (HVMS): $450,000

HHS/CDC is fully represented on the Embassy. ICASS interagency working group meets periodically to develop policy and make recommendations regarding assigning ICASS costs to the various services provided by the Embassy. HHS/CDC subscribes to the full range of ICASS services to cover administrative and personnel costs associated with supporting the current 5 US Direct Hire, 7 US Contracts and 20 locally employed staff and proposed 7 LES.

In FY 06 ICASS charges were $376,472. As a result of expanded procurement and space requirements, FY 07 ICASS charges are expected to be $450,000.

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Funding for Management and Operations (HVMS): $938,128

This activity is supported with both Base and GHAI funds and relates to HVMS CDC GHAI (9687).

Funds requested will support overall program management and oversight at HHS/CDC, including operations, management, procurement, coordination and the following staff salaries, benefits and official travel costs. The following positions are currently supported in this program area: Country Director, USDH (100%) Deputy Director, USDH (100%) Associate Director, HCMC office, USDH (50%) Office Manager, LES (100%) Senior Financial Specialist, LES (100%) Financial Assistant, LES (100%) IT Specialist, LES (100%) Secretaries (2), LES (100%) Receptionist, LES (100%) Administrative Assistant, HCMC, LES (100%) Chauffeurs (2), LES (100%)

One LES (Office Manager) is being requested in FY 07 to better support the management and administrative requirements of the rapidly growing Ho Chi Minh City office. This office is expanding to respond to increased PEPFAR programming in southern Vietnam. Seven PEPFAR staff are currently assigned to the Ho Chi Minh City office to provide support and technical assistance to GVN and other partners, but there remains a critical need for additional administrative support. The proposed office manager will be responsible for supervising HCMC support staff, assisting in the development of additional space plans, planning meetings and providing support services including secretarial, budget, procurement and travel.

These funds are also used to pay for related office support including communications, equipment, miscellaneous procurement of supplies and services, etc.

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