Human Resources in the HIV/AIDS Prevention and Control System

  • Published Date: September 2015
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Context: Human Resources for Health (HRH) is one of the most important components of HIV/AIDS service delivery to ensure service availability, service coverage, and quality of services in Viet Nam. Over the last decade, Viet Nam has received substantial support from donors to directly strengthen and expand human resource (HR) systems for HIV/AIDS related service delivery. The need to increase the efficiency of HR for an effective HIV response in the future, as donor support transitions to a technical assistance role, poses a challenge for Viet Nam’s health sector. The Vietnamese Government has paid attention to the importance of development and maintenance of HR in general, and those for HIV/AIDS prevention and control in particular, and has issued decrees, circulars and guidelines to address this need.

Approach & Results: In the context of the above policy and reality, the Leadership, Management and Governance - Transition Support Project (LMG-TSP), funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and implemented by Management Sciences for Health (MSH), engaged Hanoi Medical University to carry out a study titled, “The current situation of human resources in the HIV/AIDS prevention and control system and supporting needs for improving human resource management.”

Conclusions: The challenges for HR management for HIV prevention in Viet Nam are multi-fold. The most challenging task is estimating the number of staff needed for each entity because in the HIV/AIDS prevention and control system, to date, the set of job positions is incomplete and a competency framework is not available.