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HIV Care Cascade Critical To Achieving AIDS-Free Generation

“The cascade of HIV care — an approach that links prevention outreach, testing and treatment services across a continuum of care — helps identify the key opportunities to improve services to stop the spread of HIV. This tool has come to Vietnam at a critical time,” Ward Cates, president emeritus of FHI 360, and Caroline Francis, deputy country director at FHI 360 Vietnam, write in the Huffington Post’s “Impact” blog. “The improvements that result from using the cascade approach can make a tangible difference in people’s lives,” they write and describe how the country is at a “tipping point.” Cates and Francis conclude, “FHI 360, through the Sustainable Management of the HIV/AIDS Response and Transition to Technical Assistance (SMART-TA) project funded by [USAID], is introducing the cascade to the Vietnamese government and civil society organizations across the country. … By supporting Vietnam in using the cascade and other tools in the fight against HIV, we believe that, together, we can achieve an AIDS-free generation in Vietnam and other countries” (11/26).