Who we are
The World Health Organization (WHO) Department of HIV/AIDS provides evidence-based, normative and policy support to Member States in scaling up treatment, care and prevention services to enable a comprehensive and sustainable response to HIV in countries. WHO is a cosponsor of the Joint United Nations Programme on AIDS (UNAIDS).
The Department of HIV/AIDS also hosts the Global Hepatitis Programme (GHP), which focuses its work on the development of normative guidelines and strategies to support countries in responding to the tremendous burden of viral hepatitis. The Department is led by Gottfried Hirnschall, Director.
What we do
The Department of HIV/AIDS plays a leading role in the global HIV response and supports the Member States in implementing the global health sector strategy on HIV/AIDS for 2011-2015.
The GHP focuses on collaboration with countries and partners to implement the global strategy on prevention and control of viral hepatitis infection, issued in 2012.
- Global health sector strategy on HIV/AIDS 2011-2015
- Prevention & Control of Viral Hepatitis Infection: Framework for Global Action, 2012
Core areas of work
- Use of antiretrovirals for treatment and prevention of HIV infection
- HIV testing and counselling
- HIV surveillance, estimates, monitoring and evaluation
Where we work
The Department is part of the WHO Cluster for HIV, TB, Malaria and Neglected Tropical Diseases (HTM). It works in close cooperation with the Headquarters’ departments working in HIV-related areas: reproductive, maternal, newborn, child, and adolescent health, tuberculosis, blood safety, essential drugs and medicines policy, disease surveillance, mental health, vaccine and microbicide development, and substance dependence. The Department also coordinates across WHO’s HIV and hepatitis activities at Regional and Country levels.
- HIV-related departments at the headquarters
- HIV/AIDS unit - Regional Office for Africa (AFRO)
- HIV, Hepatitis, Tuberculosis and Sexually Transmitted Infections unit - Regional Office for the Americas (AMRO/PAHO)
- HIV and Sexually Transmitted Infections programme - Regional Office for the Eastern Mediterranean (EMRO)
- Communicable diseases area, including HIV and Hepatitis - Regional Office for Europe (EURO)
- HIV/AIDS unit - Regional Office for South-East Asia (SEARO)
- HIV/AIDS and Sexually Transmitted Infections programme - Regional Office for the Western Pacific (WPRO)
Consultancies and requests for proposals
The Department is leading a process to develop two strategies to contribute to the post-2015 development agenda: Global health sector strategy on HIV, 2016-2021 and Global health sector strategy on viral hepatitis, 2016-2021.The process will require broad consultation with countries, relevant constituencies and partners and linkages with other key health and development strategies. We are looking for a consultant who can help us manage this process. Application deadline: 22 October 2014.
- Consultancy to support the development of global health sector strategies on HIV and viral hepatitis: 2014/HTM/HIV/006
We are looking for suitable contractor(s) to support us in finalising systematic reviews for the development of the WHO's 2015 consolidated guidelines on the use of antiretrovirals. Submission deadline is 13 November 2014, 17:00 (CET).
- Request for Proposal (RFP): Systematic reviews to support the Antiretroviral Therapy (ART) Consolidated Guidelines: 2014/HTM/HIV/007
We accept interns from all over the world. The internships are unpaid and can be for up to 3 months. Interns are expected to work on HIV/AIDS scientific and programme management topics of global interest. Please visit the WHO Internships website for full information and to apply.