For the WHO HIV Department and Global Hepatitis Programme, 2016 has been a year of impressive successes.

Season’s wishes

2016 has been a year of major achievements for us here at the WHO Department of HIV and Global Hepatitis Programme. "I would like to express my sincere thanks to all staff working on HIV and hepatitis directly, or through internal collaborations with many departments here at WHO," said Dr Gottfried Hirnschall in his year-end message to all staff and partners. "We express our gratitude to all of our partners – UN partners, multi- and bilateral agencies, academia, NGOs, civil society, and industry. Nothing would have been possible without strong partnership with you."

Ahmed Qussai, 42, poses for a portrait with his children. Irak

WHO experts discuss differentiated HIV service delivery

20 December 2016 – The World Health Organization convened a consultation of global experts to discuss existing evidence, policy and practice in applying inclusive differentiated service models for ART delivery to specific populations, such as pregnant and breastfeeding women, children, adolescents and key populations. The final meeting report is now published on our website outlining key discussions on potential implementation approaches of such models in different epidemic settings.

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Charles and his wife in a counselling session with the health adviser.

Breaking the HIV chain in families through partner notification

19 December 2016 – WHO recommended assistance for people with HIV to notify their partners. The sexual and drug-injecting partners of people diagnosed with HIV have an increased probability of being HIV-positive. Assisted HIV partner notification services are a simple and effective way to reach these partners, many of whom are undiagnosed and unaware.
Charles is 38 years old and lives in Cameroon. In 2012, after being diagnosed with HIV, he was linked to a health adviser who discussed the importance of informing his sexual partners of his HIV status.

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African couple smiling in front of their house

World AIDS Day 2016: end AIDS by 2030

29 November 2016 - More than 18 million people access HIV treatment by mid-2016 but the world still needs to address critical gaps in prevention, testing and treatment services. For World AIDS Day 2016, WHO releases a global progress report outlining how the organization is supporting countries to improve their HIV policies and their implementation and save lives. A new guidance is also released urging countries to provide HIV self-testing and partner notification services in order to close the HIV testing gap.


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People living with HIV

36.7 million There were approximately 36.7 million people living with HIV at the end of 2015.

For more: Data and statistics

People on antiretroviral therapy

18.2 millionAs of mid-2016, 18.2 million people are receiving antiretroviral treatment worldwide.

For more: 10 facts on HIV/AIDS

Mother-to-child transmission

7 out of 107 out of 10 pregnant women living with HIV received antiretroviral treatment.

For more: Data and statistics


Global strategy on HIV

Global health sector strategy on HIV, 2016-2021

Endorsed by the Sixty-ninth World Health Assembly in May 2016.

The strategy positions the health sector response to HIV as being critical to the achievement of universal health coverage – one of the key health targets of the Sustainable Development Goals. Ending the AIDS epidemic will require rapid acceleration of the response over the next five years and then sustained action through to 2030 and beyond. This can only be achieved through renewed political commitment, additional resources, and technical and programmatic innovations.

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