Vietnam is facing an HIV/AIDS epidemic that is accelerating while changing its character, shifting from concentrated within high risk groups into the general population. With the early recognition of the potential threat of the HIV/AIDS epidemic, the Government of Vietnam decided to establish its National AIDS control program in 1987, even before the first case of HIV infection was detected in 1990.
The Toolkit for Reducing HIV Stigma and Discrimination in Clinic Settings was conceptualized and developed by the Center for Community Health Research and Development (CCRD) in partnership with Digisun, with technical assistance from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health Center for Communication Programs (CCP) and funding from Futures.

CCRD is one of five organizations which have been selected as Pathways Lead Partners of “Pathways for participation” – a project under PEPFAR funded by United States Agency for International Development (USAID). This 5-year project will be implemented in 9 provinces and completed by 2016. The aim of the project is to enhance the capacity and position of civil society organizations (CSOs) providing HIV services at community level in order to improve service quality and access to services of people living with HIV (PLHIV) and  most-at-risk populations (MARPs).