HIV/AIDS

About us

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


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.

Stay connected

For more information on our Department’s activities and products, please visit our website: www.who.int/hiv. Send us your feedback and queries by filling in the Feedback form listed below or by directly emailing to
hiv-aids@who.int. You can also register in our Stakeholders’ database by writing to
hiv-aids@who.int indicating your interest on specific topics or types of collaboration. This will enable you to receive regular updates from our Department.

Internship opportunities

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.

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

Contact us

World Health Organization
HIV/AIDS Department
20, Avenue Appia
CH-1211 Geneva 27
Switzerland
Email: hiv-aids@who.int