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

WHO HIV/AIDS Director Dr. Kevin De Cock remarks that just over 1.6 million persons were receiving antiretroviral therapy in low- and middle-income countries at the end of June 2006.

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

Joint TB and HIV interventions can save lives and must be accelerated, says International AIDS Society President

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.

Key WHO events at the XVI International AIDS Conference

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 - 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

Skills building workshop

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

Satellite session

15 August: Steady, Ready, GO!: universal access for young people

Satellite session

16 August - Advancing Treatment and Universal Access - A Report on State-of-the-Art and Progress

Plenary session

16 August 2006 - Official press conference: meet today's plenary speakers

Press conference

17 August 2006 - WHO Malaria department in the Global Village at AIDS 2006


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

Full archive of the WHO at Toronto 2006 web page

WHO at Toronto 2006

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