April 5, 2018 – Dr. Giang Minh Le of Hanoi Medical University presented on “Addressing Opioid Addiction in Vietnam: Successes and Challenges,” a special guest lecture hosted by CHIPTS. The event was in partnership with the UCLA Center for AIDS Research (CFAR), UCLA AIDS Institute, and the Center for World Health. His presentation covered the history of addressing opioid addiction in Vietnam, juxtaposing the infrastructure that was available ten years ago to the current available options for treating opioid addiction. Dr. Le described their experience in expanding and integrating antiretroviral therapy (ART) and methadone maintenance treatment (MMT) services in Vietnam and discussed the positive impact these services have had on controlling the HIV epidemic among people who inject drugs within the country. Despite these successes, Dr. Le highlighted key challenges, including treatment dropouts, concurrent heroin use, and the increase use of amphetamine-type stimulants among their MMT patients.
Dr. Le is currently the Chair of the Department of Global Health and Head of the Office of Science and Technology at Hanoi Medical University in Vietnam. Dr. Le also holds an adjunct faculty appointment in the Department of Sociomedical Sciences, Mailman School of Public Health of Columbia University where he is an alumnus.