HIV/AIDS

Who we are

The WHO Department of HIV/AIDS is part of the Cluster for HIV, TB, Malaria and Neglected Tropical Diseases (HTM). The department includes the Global Hepatitis Programme and is led by Gottfried Hirnschall. It consists of the following units: the Global Hepatitis Programme, HIV Treatment and Care; Key Populations and Prevention; Technologies and Commodities; Strategic Information and Planning; and Programme Development and Implementation.

What we do

The Department of HIV/AIDS and the Global Hepatitis Programme provide evidence-based, normative and policy support to Member States in scaling up HIV and hepatitis treatment, care and prevention services to enable a comprehensive and sustainable response to these epidemics in developing countries. Our work is guided by WHO's global strategies for HIV/AIDS and hepatitis. Currently, we are undertaking developments of new forward-looking strategies with partners and stakeholders to facilitate our work in the post-2015 development context.

Where we work

The Department of HIV/AIDS and the Global Hepatitis Programme is located in WHO headquarters in Geneva, working in close cooperation with other departments. It also coordinates WHO's HIV and hepatitis activities conducted through units at regional and country offices.

WHO Department of HIV/AIDS & Global Hepatitis Programme


More about our work

"Achieving our goals" – Operational plan 2014–2015

This plan describes how WHO contributed to achieving major international HIV-related goals and targets in the 2014–2015 biennium in accordance with the needs formulated by WHO Member States.

WHO HIV Programme 2014

Watch the video "WHO FIGHTS AIDS" and download the WHO HIV Programme brochure "Leading the health sector response to HIV"

Global Health Sector Strategy on HIV/AIDS 2011-2015: Let’s do what’s right for everyone

HIV, universal health coverage and the post-2015 development agenda

HIV, universal health coverage and the post-2015 development agenda

There are opportunities to refocus the HIV response using the universal health coverage framework, to address some of the key shortcomings in the response so far. The Department of HIV/AIDS and the Global Hepatitis Programme are committed to work on the process for developing the post-2015 development framework and to nurture the growing momentum to set a target of “ending the AIDS epidemic” by 2030.

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
Switzerland
Email: hiv-aids[at]who.int