WHO at Toronto 2006


18 August 2006 - XVI International AIDS Conference closing remarks by WHO Acting Director-General

Medicines, money and motivated health workers are key to universal access by 2010, says WHO Acting Director-General Anders Nordström, at the closing of the Toronto 2006.

17 August - Male circumcision update: ongoing clinical trials are key to validating the link between male circumcision and protection and against HIV infection

As trials continue, UN agencies work to ensure that current male circumcision practices are safe

16 August 2006 - HIV treatment access reaches over 1 million in sub-Saharan Africa, WHO reports

In low- and middle-income countries, just over 1.6 million persons were receiving antiretroviral therapy at the end of June 2006. In his plenary remarks today, WHO HIV/AIDS Director Dr. Kevin De Cock outlines progress and obstacles to achieving universal access to AIDS treatment.

16 August - WHO: intensified action needed to halt a quarter of a million TB/HIV deaths a year of people living with AIDS

Read press release in six languages

Joint TB And HIV interventions can save lives and must be accelerated" says International Aids Society President

15 August 2006: WHO launches new plan to confront HIV-related health worker shortages

Toronto – The World Health Organization (WHO), in collaboration with the International Labour Organization and the International Organization for Migration, today announced the launch of a coordinated global plan to address a major and often overlooked barrier to preventing and treating HIV/AIDS: the severe shortage of health workers, particularly in developing nations.

14 August - WHO HIV/AIDS Director Kevin De Cock featured in "Newsmaker Interviews" at the Toronto Conference

Dr. Kevin De Cock talks about the global efforts to stem the spread of HIV and improve access to antiretroviral therapy in an online interview with Kaiser Network's Jackie Judd.

14 August 2006 - WHO and UNAIDS Secretariat statement on HIV testing and counseling

HIV testing and counselling serve as a key entry point for HIV treatment, prevention, care and support services. However, access to these services is currently being hindered by low uptake of HIV testing. WHO and UNAIDS Secretariat release a renewed statement on the issue at the XVI International AIDS Conference in Toronto, Canada.

7 August 2006 - Media advisory: WHO at the XVI International AIDS Conference, 13-18 August 2006

The media advisory contains information on key events on policy and scientific iffues where WHO top officials will be present.

Spotlight issue

WHO focus on chronic shortages of health workers: launch of "Treat, Train, Retain"

Fifty-seven countries, mostly in sub-Saharan Africa and Asia face crippling shortages of health workers to deliver HIV/AIDS services. WHO estimates that more than four million health workers are needed. WHO has launched a new plan to "Treat, Train, Retain" health workers in developing countries.

New WHO guidance on treatment for children with HIV to be released at the Toronto Conference

Each day, 1 500 children become infected with HIV worldwide. WHO will be releasing new guidelines on paediatric treatment of HIV and also an advocacy paper highlighting the issue.

WHO key events at the XVI International AIDS Conference

12 August - HIV and TB in the context of universal access

Open consultation

13 August - Commodity security for universal access

Satellite session

13 August - PMTCT of HIV in the era of HAART: opportunities, challenges and experiences in implementing national programmes

Satellite session

13 August - The potential role of HPV vaccines in improving HIV prevention among young girls and women

Satellite session

13 August - Critical issues and novel approaches for operational research on HIV/AIDS care in developing countries

Satellite session

13 August - WHO essential package to scale up HIV prevention, care and treatment in the health sector

Skills building workshop

14 August - Meeting the nutritional needs of adults and children living with HIV/AIDS in resource-poor settings: from science to practice

Satellite session

14 August 2006 - HIV/AIDS in prison settings: a comprehensive response

Satellite session

general information

WHO events at-a-glance: full programme

Who's who in WHO

Biodata of WHO senior staff

Biodata of senior management staff of WHO and its HIV/AIDS department

Special highlights

WHO Advocacy Report

Towards Universal Access by 2010: how WHO is working with countries to scale-up HIV prevention, treatment, care and support

WHO HIV/AIDS Director Kevin De Cock featured in "Newsmaker Interviews" at the Toronto Conference

WHO Video: Towards Universal Access by 2010

Press corner

16 August - Treatment for sexually transmitted infections has a role in HIV prevention

16 August - Young people and HIV: the evidence is clear - act now!

14 August 2006 - WHO and UNAIDS Secretariat statement on HIV testing and counseling