What we do
Since the beginning of the epidemic, WHO has led the global health sector response to HIV. As a Cosponsor of the UNAIDS, WHO takes the lead on the priority areas of HIV treatment and care, and HIV/tuberculosis co-infection, and jointly coordinates with UNICEF the work on prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV. The Department works to support WHO Member States in enhancing their action to implement the Global health sector strategy on HIV for 2011-2015.
Its work through the GHP focusses on collaboration with countries and partners to implement Prevention & Control of Viral Hepatitis Infection: Framework for Global Action, 2012.
Core areas of work
- Global health sector strategy on HIV/AIDS 2011-2015
- 2013 WHO HIV Guidelines / Strategic use of antiretrovirals
- HIV testing and counselling
- Prevention & Control of Viral Hepatitis Infection: Framework for Global Action, 2012
- Data and statistics
- Publications on HIV
Who we are
The World Health Organization (WHO) Department of HIV/AIDS provides evidence-based, normative and policy support to Member States in scaling up treatment, care and prevention services and supply of HIV commodities to enable a comprehensive and sustainable response to HIV in countries. WHO is a Cosponsor of the Joint United Nations Programme on AIDS (UNAIDS).
The Department of HIV/AIDS also hosts the Global Hepatitis Programme (GHP), which focuses its work on the development of normative guidelines and strategies to support countries in responding to the tremendous burden of viral hepatitis.
Where we work
The Department is part of the WHO Cluster for HIV, TB, Malaria and Neglected Tropical Diseases (HTM). It works in close cooperation with related departments at the Headquarters working in areas of reproductive, maternal, newborn, child, and adolescent health, tuberculosis, blood safety, essential drugs and medicines policy, disease surveillance, mental health, vaccine and microbicide development, and substance dependence. In addition, the Department also coordinates across WHO’s HIV and hepatitis activities at Regional and Country offices.
- Related departments at the HQ working in HIV-related areas
- HIV/AIDS unit of the Regional Office for Africa (AFRO)
- HIV, Hepatitis, Tuberculosis and Sexually Transmitted Infections unit of the Regional Office for the Americas (AMRO/PAHO)
- HIV and Sexually Transmitted Infections programme of the Regional Office for the Eastern Mediterranean (EMRO)
- Communicable diseases area, including HIV and Hepatitis in the Regional Office for Europe (EURO)
- HIV/AIDS unit of the Regional Office for South-East Asia (SEARO)
- HIV/AIDS and Sexually Transmitted Infections programme of the Regional Office for the Western Pacific (WPRO)
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The HIV Department has been accepting interns from over 40 countries. Interns work on HIV/AIDS prevention and care topics at a global level, and are assigned an experienced supervisor who mentors them on a specific project related to their interests. Internships usually require a commitment of 6 to 12 weeks and are unremunerated. However, a limited amount of scholarships are available through GenevaWISE (A Geneva-based NGO) for students living and studying in resource-limited countries.