World Journal of AIDS, 2020, 10, 186-194 ISSN Online: 2160-8822 

ISSN Print: 2160-8814

Fundraising Capacity of HIV/AIDS Community-Based Organizations in 3 Years (2017-2019) in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Tran Chi Thanh1,2, Pham Duc Trinh3, Nguyen Duc Thanh4, Linus Olson5,6, Mattias Larsson6

1Nguyen Tat Thanh University, HCMC, Vietnam

2Dinh Tien Hoang Institute of Medicine, Hanoi, Vietnam 3College of Foreign Economic Relation, HCMC, Vietnam 4Hanoi University of Public Health, Hanoi, Vietnam

5Department of Women’s and Children’s Health, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden

6Department of Global Public Health

How to cite this paper: Thanh, T.C., Trinh, P.D., Thanh, N.D., Olson, L. and Larsson, M. (2020) Fundraising Capacity of HIV/AIDS Community-Based Organizations in 3 Years (2017-2019) in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. World Journal of AIDS, 10, 186-194.

Received: August 4, 2020

Accepted: September 15, 2020

Published: September 18, 2020

Copyright © 2020 by author(s) and Scientific Research Publishing Inc.

This work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution International License (CC BY 4.0).




HIV/AIDS is still an important public health issue in Vietnam and other de- veloping countries. In Vietnam, Community-based organizations (CBOs) were officially considered as the key partners to approach vulnerable groups at high risks of HIV infection since 2010. Funds for HIV/AIDS prevention and control are facing difficulties due to rapid reduction by international organi- zations, while domestic funding has not yet met the demand, especially funding for prevention and communication activities. Our study aimed to assess the fundraising capacity of several CBOs in Ho Chi Minh City, Viet- nam and analyze the challenges that they are facing now and in future in their work of HIV/AIDS management for community. The 03 typical and representative CBOs (G3VN, Smile and Strong Ladies) were chosen in our cross-sectional descriptive study. The electronic questionnaire was about fundraising reports over 3 years (2017-2019), organization structure (staff, mission, strategies) and the advantages and disadvantages in fundraising. Funds received over the year increased in total, but unstable in each projects. To have more funds, CBOs must invest time and money to have professional staff in fundraising and writing proposals. To meet requirement and survive, some CBO shifted to social enterprises and faced many difficulties in laws when being treated like profit companies. In Vietnam context, the key chal- lenges which affect the role of funding are including: 1) Legal status; 2) Small scale; 3) Capacity of fundraising (finding calls, writing competence propos- als); 4) Fewer funds on HIV/AIDS. In future, we should pay attention in scaling up and building fundraising capacity for CBOs in order to help them

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