About us

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.

Core areas of work

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.

Consultancies and requests for proposals

Purpose of this assignment: The main objective of this consultancy is to provide support to roll out the Consolidated Strategic Information Guide and the EMTCT Validation process, as well as to provide data management support. The assignment is for 9 months: 1 April 2015 to 31 December 2015: 20 days per month maximum.

Deadline: 13 March 2015, 12:00 CET


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.

Global Health Sector Strategies for 2016-2021

Global Hepatitis Programme

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Contact us

World Health Organization
HIV/AIDS Department
20, Avenue Appia
CH-1211 Geneva 27
Email: hiv-aids[at]