About us

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 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. The Department is led by Gottfried Hirnschall, Director.

What we do

The Department of HIV/AIDS plays a leading role in the global HIV response and supports the Member States in implementing the global health sector strategy on HIV/AIDS for 2011-2015.

The GHP focuses on collaboration with countries and partners to implement the global strategy on prevention and control of viral hepatitis infection, issued in 2012.

Core areas of work

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 the Headquarters’ departments working in HIV-related areas: 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. The Department also coordinates across WHO’s HIV and hepatitis activities at Regional and Country levels.

Consultancies and requests for proposals

The objective of this contract is to design and implement a resource mobilization initiative led by the WHO HIV and Hepatitis Programmes, to increase external financial contributions and build long-term, value-driven partnerships. The goal is to secure funding commitments of US$1-10 million within the 3-month project duration.


We accept interns from all over the world. The internships are unpaid and can be for up to 3 months. Interns are expected to work on HIV/AIDS scientific and programme management topics of global interest. Please visit the WHO Internships website for full information and to apply.

Global Health Sector Strategy on HIV/AIDS 2011-2015: Let’s do what’s right for everyone

Global Hepatitis Programme

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Contact us

World Health Organization
HIV/AIDS Department
20, Avenue Appia
CH-1211 Geneva 27
Email: hiv-aids[at]