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Communicable Diseases (CDS)

HIV, tuberculosis, malaria,neglected tropical diseases and viral hepatitis affect billions of people around the world, and cause more than 4 million deaths each year. . The WHO Cluster for Communicable Diseases (CDS) is concerned with the prevention and treatment of these high-burden diseases.


Accelerating progress on HIV, tuberculosis, malaria, hepatitis and neglected tropical diseases

In their 2015 declaration “Transforming our world: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development”, Member States pledged to end the epidemics of AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria and neglected tropical diseases by 2030, and to combat hepatitis and other communicable diseases. This report reviews progress and challenges in the global response to reduce the burden of these diseases in the context of the Millennium Development Goals, and looks ahead to identify the strategies and approaches that will be needed to accelerate progress during the new development era. The report was developed by WHO’s Cluster for HIV/ AIDS, TB, Malaria and Neglected Tropical Diseases in 2015.


The Cluster helps countries to prevent, reduce and mitigate the health impact of these diseases, which are a major factor affecting development.

  • To develop norms, standards and policies to foster new solutions to prevent and treat these high-burden diseases.
  • To assemble technical and normative expertise, especially in the realms of prevention, treatment, care, research, training and epidemiology.
  • To develop innovative frameworks for public health action against these diseases, and to support health system strengthening.
  • To engage leaders and civil society to make the case for increased and sustained investment in countering these diseases.

Assistant Director-General

Dr Ren Minghui

Assistant Director-General Communicable Diseases

HTM departments

Control of Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTD)
Global Malaria Programme (GMP)
Global TB Programme (GTB)
Department of HIV/AIDS (HIV) and Global Hepatitis Programme

HTM partnerships

Special Programme for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases (TDR)