In many PEPFAR countries, most funding for the national HIV program comes from the host country. Local public resources to support the KP response have remained underused due to a shortage of social contracting systems, limited social health insurance (SHI) capacity, and undefined policy frameworks. In both Vietnam and Thailand, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) mission teams developed work plans with their partners to build the capacity for SHI programs to cover HIV services.
Through community-based testing, HIV-infected clients are provided baseline clinical care and a comprehensive package of peer-delivered linkage services recommended by the WHO and the CDC. CommLink mobile clinical and linkage services initiated at the point of HIV diagnosis are designed to help community clients “link” to a local facility for lifetime HIV, care, treatment, and support.