Core competencies: Results from the International Consensus Meeting in HIV Service Delivery Training and Certification

Geneva, Switzerland, 2-3 June 2004

Reference number: WHO/HIV/2005.8

On 22 September 2003, the Director-General of WHO, the Executive Director of UNAIDS and the Executive Director of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria announced a shared global target to provide antiretroviral therapy to 3 million people with HIV/AIDS by the end of 2005, with the ultimate goal of achieving universal access. To achieve this goal, an estimated 100 000 health care and community workers (called health workers as an overall group here) will need to be trained.

Training and certification of health and community workers has been identified as a critical bottleneck in efforts to scale up antiretroviral therapy. WHO has committed, in strategy 7 of its “3 by 5” plan, to “strengthen and build the human capacity for scaling up antiretroviral therapy”.