Enhancing the Role of Commune Health Workers in HIV and Drug Control

This five-year study is conducted in Vĩnh Phúc amd Phu Tho Province, Vietnam in collaboration with the Vietnam National Institute of Hygiene & Epidemiology (NIHE). This study is an initiative for HIV prevention and care that integrates intervention efforts at multiple strata: Community Health Workers (CHWs), Injecting Drug Users (IDUs), and their Family Members (FMs). The intervention aimed at enhancing the CHW’s skills to effectively interact with IDUs and strengthening their role in HIV and drug control.

At a glance:


Targeted Group: 


Intervention model: 

Social Action Theory, Social Network Theory

Research Methods: 

  • Focus group to develop the content, format and delivery plan for the intervention
    • Intervention was delivered to 150 CHWs in the intervention group
    • Assessments will be conducted with 900 IDUs, 600 Family members, and 300 CHWs at baseline, 3-, 6-, 9-, and 12-month follow-ups.

Local Significance: 

Capacity building for CHWs offers the greatest potential for enhancing health delivery systems to provide sustainable services in prevention and treatment in Vietnam. An integration of the intervention design into the current healthcare system in Vietnam can provide capacity-building opportunities.


International Significance: 

This study demonstrates a model to enhance community health workers’ capacity with a behavioral intervention. This can be applied to other countries with different cultures.

Click here to download the intervention manual. (6)