Sexual and reproductive health

Global Health Sector Strategies for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs)

May 26 2016: Member States of the WHO today adopted the “Global Health Sector Strategy on Sexually Transmitted Infections. 2016 - 2021” at the 69th World Health Assembly.

World Health Assembly adopts strategies on STIs, HIV and Hepatitis

After extensive and broad consultation, and as part of the work being undertaken to meet the challenges of an ambitious set of Sustainable Development Goals, WHO submitted three global health sector strategies to cover HIV/AIDS, viral hepatitis, and sexually transmitted infections (STIs) that will run from 2016 to 2021 to the 69th World Health Assembly for approval. The Global health sector strategy on sexually transmitted infections, builds on conclusions from the evaluation of the implementation of the global strategy for the prevention and control of sexually transmitted infections 2006–2015 and sets out a vision, goals, targets, guiding principles and priority actions for ending the sexually transmitted infections epidemic as a public health problem.


The strategy describes an important component of the health sector contribution. It outlines actions for countries and for WHO. These actions will accelerate and intensify the sexually transmitted infections response so that progress towards ending the epidemics becomes a reality. Implementation of the strategy, however, now requires political commitment and resources to rapidly accelerate the response over the next five years and to sustain action through to 2030 and beyond.


Draft strategies as reviewed by WHA. Final versions to be posted shortly:


The WHA also approved the Global Health Sector Strategy on HIV 2016-2021. The international community has committed to ending the AIDS epidemic as a public health threat by 2030 – an ambitious target of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in September 2015. Interim targets have been established for 2020. This strategy describes the health sector contribution towards the achievement of these targets. It outlines both what countries need to do and what WHO will do. These fast-track actions by countries and by WHO aim to accelerate and intensify the HIV response in order for the “end of AIDS” to become a reality.


Draft strategies as reviewed by WHA. Final versions to be posted shortly:


Viral hepatitis is an international public health challenge, comparable to other major communicable diseases, including HIV, tuberculosis and malaria. Despite the significant burden it places on communities across all global regions, hepatitis has been largely ignored as a health and development priority until recently. This is the first global health sector strategy on viral hepatitis, a strategy that contributes to the achievement of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. It covers the first six years of the post- 2015 health agenda, 2016–2021, building on the Prevention and Control of Viral Hepatitis Infection: Framework for Global Action, and on two resolutions on viral hepatitis adopted by the World Health Assembly in 2010 and in 2014.


Draft strategies as reviewed by WHA. Final versions to be posted shortly:

Global Health Sector Strategies (GHSS) - REPORT by the Secretariat

    Executive Board 138, EB138/31, January 2016
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    Executive Board 138, EB138/29, January 2016
    pdf, 476kb
  • GHSS hepatitis
    Executive Board 138, EB138/30, January 2016
    pdf, 422kb