The platform has provided two dozen computers to members most in need to support. In early 2009, training on the national AIDS programme and UNGASS benefitted representatives of 140 members.
One of the strengths of the Vietnamese platform is its wide and varied membership, comprising organisations from a diverse range of backgrounds. Its equal representation of vulnerable populations means it is uniquely placed to lead on advocacy work with these populations. One of the platform’s objectives for the coming year is the formation and strengthening of a national drug users’ network.
The platform is also undertaking an assessment on the sexual and reproductive health (SRH) needs of people living with HIV, which is expected to inform the national SRH policy-making process. These projects form part of a clear, common advocacy agenda and the platform is developing a strategy to meet those objectives.
The VCSPA has raised more than US $250,000 so far from sources including UNAIDS, OSI, PACT, UNFPA the Ford Foundation and Irish AID.
Following the closure of HDN, the Alliance will continue to maintain linkages between the NPPs in Vietnam, Namibia, Zimbabwe and Thailand, as well as the three new NPPs which are to be transferred to Alliance linking organisations in Zambia (Partners Zambia), Uganda (Partners Uganda) and Cambodia (Daiku Cambodia).
Read more about the transfer of key HDN programmes to the Alliance.