The Ireland Vietnam Blood Borne Virus Initiative (IVVI) is a partnership between University College Dublin (UCD) and Hanoi’s National Institute of Hygiene and Epidemiology (NIHE). The programme, which began in 2007, aims to develop capacity in clinical and diagnostic virology in Vietnam through infrastructure development and specialised training programmes. The concept was developed by Professor William Hall (UCD Centre for Research of Infectious Disease) in response to the significant morbidity and mortality associated with blood borne viral (BBV) infections in Vietnam.