WHO at Mexico 2008

The International AIDS Conference is held every two years and brings together some 25 000 scientists, government representatives, health workers, activists, corporate leaders, and people living with HIV/AIDS. It is an opportunity to share new scientific research and engage in dialogue concerning the global response to HIV/AIDS. The theme of this year's conference was 'Universal action now,' emphasizing the need for continued commitment on the part of all stakeholders contributing to the global response to HIV/AIDS - including WHO.

Mexico 2008 International AIDS Conference

Special Features

Priority interventions

Priority interventions:
HIV/AIDS prevention, treatment and care in the health sector

The definitive 'one-stop shop' designed to help countries, donors and other stakeholders expand and improve their response to one of the greatest health-care challenges of our time.

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Interaction of health systems and global health initiatives

Interaction of health systems and global health initiatives

Impressive strides have been made with new directed funding streams to HIV/AIDS and other disease-specific programmes, such as tuberculosis, malaria, immunization, polio and onchocerciasis.

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WHO media briefing:
Reducing deaths from TB/HIV among injecting and other drug users

The launch of the policy guidelines for collaborative TB and HIV services for injecting and other drug users.

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HIV/AIDS: Universal action now

Dr Margaret Chan, Director-General of the World Health Organization, addresses at the opening of the XVII International AIDS Conference, Mexico City, 3 August 2008.

16 June 2008

HIV/AIDS estimates and the quest for universal access: An article in The Lancet by Kevin De Cock and Paul De Lay.

Kevin De Cock

Interview with Dr Kevin M. De Cock

Listen to our podcast with the Director of the WHO HIV/AIDS Department.

Post-conference interview with Dr Andrew Ball

Listen to a podcast with Dr Andrew Ball of the WHO HIV/AIDS Department.

Kaiser Network

The Kaiser Network provided webcasts and other special coverage from AIDS 2008 in Mexico City.

General Information


Biographies of WHO HIV/AIDS Department senior staff.

WHO we are

A brochure introducing the WHO HIV/AIDS Programme.

In the news

Frequently asked questions on HIV/AIDS.

Media advisory of key WHO events

Full programme of WHO events

WHO HIV/AIDS Department staff biographies

In Mexico City:

Saira Stewart
Media Officer
Mobile (Geneva):
+41 79 467 2013
Mobile (Mexico):
(044) 55 3791 1985

Patricia Leidl
Head, Advocacy and Communications
Mobile: (044) 553 791 1985

In Geneva:

Valeri Abramov
Communications Officer
Tel: 41 22 791 2543

Towards universal access

Progress Report 2008

Scaling up priority HIV/AIDS interventions in the health sector
Progress Report, June 2008