Khuat Thi Hai Oanh
Founder and Executive Director
Center for Supporting Community Development Initiatives
Khuat Oanh strives to improve public health in her native Vietnam by reaching out to at-risk populations through medical services, advocacy and education. Khuat co-founded the Institute for Social Development Studies, where she works as the Director of the Center for Health and Social Development. A medical doctor, Khuat developed a model that brought reproductive health care to over one million Vietnamese women and revolutionized abortion services throughout the country. She now works to improve treatment for HIV/AIDS patients and advocates for harm reduction approaches to prevent HIV transmission from intravenous drug use. Khuat serves as the Head of the Moderating Team for JVnet, an online bulletin and exchange network for HIV/AIDS, and has spoken on HIV/AIDS to numerous international organizations. Khuat has also lectured at the Hanoi Medical School and conducted significant research into youth sexuality, prostitution and reproductive issues in Vietnam. Currently, she is collaborating with the WHO and the Communist Party of Vietnam to develop a new drug policy advocacy programme for the country.