WHO departments working in HIV-related areas

In addition to the HIV/AIDS Department, more than 20 departments at WHO carry out HIV-related functions, as part of WHO's global HIV/AIDS programme. For specific focus areas of each department, please visit the websites provided below.

  • Maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health
    HIV-related work areas include prevention of mother-to-child transmission (PMTCT), infant feeding, care and management of children with symptomatic HIV infection, integration of HIV/AIDS into the Integrated Management of Childhood Illness (IMCI) guidelines, and HIV/AIDS prevention, treatment and care among young people, including surveillance and strengthening of adolescent health services, and policy development and advocacy on these issues.
  • Gender, Women and Health (GWH)
    HIV-related work areas include equitable access to services for women, including ART, integration of gender issues into HIV programmes, and violence against women within the context of HIV.
  • Immunization, Vaccines and Biologicals (IVB)
    HIV-related work areas include promotion of the development and availability of preventive HIV vaccines.
  • Reproductive Health and Research (RHR)
    HIV-related work areas include integration of HIV into sexual and reproductive health services, prevention and control of sexually transmitted infections, research on standards and quality assurance of male and female condoms, and research on male circumcision for HIV prevention, microbicides and hormonal contraceptives for HIV.
  • Medicines Policy and Standards (PSM)
    HIV-related work areas include HIV medicines policies, prequalification, selection and rational use of medicines, intellectual property rights, and prices and sources of HIV medicines.
  • Technical Cooperation for Essential Drugs and Traditional Medicine (TCM)
    HIV-related work areas include technical cooperation with countries, development of national HIV medicines policies, and strengthening of procurement and supply management systems related to HIV.
  • Human Resources for Health (HRH)
    HIV-related work areas include country health workforce assessments with a focus on HIV, country policies and plans for sustainable workforce development taking into account HIV requirements, strengthening of nursing, midwifery and other health worker capacity and performance in countries.
  • Knowledge Management and Sharing (KMS)
    HIV-related work areas include innovative knowledge management strategies and scale up of knowledge sharing on HIV.
  • Stop TB Department (STB)
    HIV-related work areas include management of HIV/TB co-infection, integration of HIV into TB services, integration of TB into HIV services, secretariat to the Stop TB Partnership Working Group on HIV/AIDS, and collaboration with The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria.
  • Global Malaria Programme (GMP)
    HIV-related work areas include management of HIV/malaria co-infection, collaboration with Roll Back Malaria Partnership, and collaboration with The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria.
  • Special Programme for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases (TDR)
    HIV-related work area includes operational research on HIV.
  • Control of Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTD)
    HIV-related work areas include HIV and tropical diseases, HIV/leishmania co-infection, disease control in humanitarian emergencies.
  • Global Alert and Response (GAR)
    HIV-related work areas include HIV within the context of strengthening the capacity of countries to prepare for and respond to epidemics, and implementation of the International Health Regulations.
  • Nutrition for Health and Development (NHD)
    HIV-related work areas include infant feeding in PMTCT and paediatric HIV/AIDS, nutritional needs of people living with HIV/AIDS, integration of nutrition into HIV policies and programmes and integration of HIV into nutrition policies and programmes.
  • Mental Health and Substance Abuse (MSD)
    HIV-related work areas include mental health and HIV, including integration of mental health issues into HIV policies and programmes, management of mental health and neurological disorders related to HIV, quality of life of people living with HIV/AIDS, and prevention and management of substance dependence, including integration of HIV into substance dependence programmes and services and access to opioid substitution drugs and analgesics.
  • Chronic Diseases and Health Promotion (CHP)
    HIV-related work areas include risk factor surveillance among young people, including risky sexual behaviour, school health, palliative care for HIV/AIDS and cancer patients, and oral health and HIV.
  • Country Focus (CCO)
    HIV-related work areas include joint planning with countries and regions, integration of HIV into country cooperation strategies, facilitating communication between Headquarters and countries.
  • Ethics, Trade, Human Rights and health Law (ETH)
    HIV-related work areas include ethical aspects of equitable access to services, HIV testing and counselling; human rights and HIV; health laws related to HIV; impact of trade and globalization on HIV.
  • Protection of the Human Environment (PHE)
    HIV-related work areas include HIV and occupational health, health care worker safety, waste disposal and prevention of HIV transmission in health care settings.
  • Human Resources Management (HRD)
    HIV-related work areas include WHO personnel policy on HIV/AIDS, WHO programme on HIV/AIDS in the workplace ("WHO LIVES"), including access to HIV/AIDS prevention, treatment and care services and commodities for staff, and implementation of UN Learning Strategy on HIV/AIDS for staff orientation.
  • Planning, Resource Coordination and Monitoring (PRP)
    HIV-related work areas include organization-wide planning, development and monitoring of General Programme of Work, Programme Budget and Medium-term Strategic Plan, and coordination of resource mobilization.
  • Humanitarian Health Action
    HIV-related work area includes integration of HIV into humanitarian emergency responses.
  • Commission on Intellectual Property Rights, Innovation and Public Health (CIPIH)
    HIV-related work areas include health research and development (HIV medicines, microbicides and vaccines) and implications of intellectual property rights.