Boys in ricefieldHAIVN is an international collaborative effort to enhance the HIV/AIDS
training of Vietnamese clinicians and the care of their patients.
The themes guiding our work are collaboration, flexibility, and sustainability.

Harvard Medical School AIDS Initiative in Vietnam (HAIVN)

Harvard Medical School AIDS Initiative in Vietnam (HAIVN), a project of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (a teaching hospital of Harvard Medical School), provides clinical training and mentoring in HIV/AIDS care and treatment for health care professionals in Vietnam in cooperation with the US Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the President's Emergency Plan Fund for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR).


HAIVN's work supports two overarching goals:

  • Building clinical knowledge, skills, and mentoring capacity of physicians and nurses
  • Improving quality of services and clinical outcomes for those affected by and at risk for HIV


Key activities include:

  • Technical assistance in HIV: HAIVN provides technical support to the Vietnam Ministry of Health, US CDC, and other PEPFAR partners in HIV care, treatment, and prevention.

  • Capacity building in HIV training and mentoring: HAIVN works with national and provincial institutions to strengthen the local capacity for HIV clinical training and mentoring.

  • Training and mentoring on quality improvement: HAIVN provides technical assistance to the Vietnam Ministry of Health in the establishment of a national HIV quality improvement program.  HAIVN also provides training and mentoring to clinical care sites in performance measurement and quality improvement.
  • Technical support in the delivery of continuing medical education (CME): HAIVN supports medical universities in the delivery of evidence-based live CME courses as well as online webcasts lectures and case discussions.