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Khuat Thi Hai Oanh

CSO, Center for Supporting Community Development Initiatives

Khuat Thi Hai Oanh is a medical doctor graduated from Hanoi Medical University, with a Master Degree on Sexual and Reproductive Health Research from London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. In her career, she has worked with different institutions – medical university, hospital and research institute, military, government as well as local and international NGOs.

She co-founded the Institute for Social Development Studies (ISDS) in 2002, and the Center for Support Community Development Initiatives (SCDI) in 2010 – both are Vietnamese non-governmental organizations.

Oanh is currently the Executive Director of SCDI whose mission is to contribute to an inclusive society through improving life of marginalized populations. Aiming at contributing to Sustainable Development Goals agenda, SCDI focuses on community empowerment and creating enabling environment for the most marginalized and vulnerable populations, such as sex workers, drug users, their spouses and children, poor migrants, indigenous populations as well as LGBTI people. SCDI facilitates the formation of community networks of these populations and creates spaces for them to engage in policy dialogues, program development and implementation. Community-based organization model that SCDI helped to start is now the main service delivery structure for HIV prevention interventions for most affected populations in Vietnam.

Oanh played a critcal role in establishing the first Global Fund grants for civil society in Vietnam – on HIV in 2010 and on malaria on 2017. Her organization leads VietMCI - a national civil society consortium – selected to be the sub-recipient of RAI2E -  the Global Fund-supported regional grant on malaria. 

In her other capacities, Oanh is Chair of Council of Representatives of APCASO, Chair of Global Fund Advocate Network Asia and the Pacific (GFAN AP), and a steering committee member of Mekong Civil Society Platform on Malaria. She is a member of the Advisory Group on community, rights and gender to the Global Fund and the Alternate Member of the Steering Committee of UHC2030, presenting global south civil society.

In 2009, the World Economic Forum honored her as a Young Global Leader. In 2014, she was given Dedoner Clayton Award by the French Pasteur Institute and Nobel Laureate Françoise Barré-Sinoussi for researchers from the South. In 2017, she was listed among the 50 Most Influential Vietnamese Women by Forbes Vietnam.