Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome



The HIV/AIDS Programme contributes to the reduction of the HIV/AIDS burden in the WHO Africa Region through support to member states to adopt and implement cost effective prevention, treatment, care and support interventions.

WHO calls for urgent action to curb hepatitis
WHO calls for urgent action to curb hepatitis 23 July 2015, Geneva - On World Hepatitis Day (28 July) WHO highlights the urgent need for countries to enhance action to prevent viral hepatitis infection and to ensure that people who have been infected are diagnosed and offered treatment. This year, the Organization is focusing particularly on hepatitis B and C, which together cause approximately 80% of all liver cancer deaths and kill close to 1.4 million people every year.
HIV prevention: offering hope to victims of sexual violenceWhen 25-year old Fatuma was raped just a few doors away from her own home in Khayelitsha, South Africa, she knew exactly what to do afterwards.

“I was in shock and I felt as though my life was ruined forever. But something in me must have wanted to survive because I knew I mustn’t wash and that I had to get to a clinic within 72 hours to get medicines to protect me from HIV. I had heard it on the radio and read the leaflets.

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HIV-AIDS-Strategy-WHO-African-Region-en-smA new WHO Global Health Sector Strategy (GHSS) on HIV/ AIDS was adopted by the World Health Assembly in May 2011. This document, which is an update of the regional HIV/AIDS strategy, provides directions for implementing the GHSS in the WHO African Region, taking into account the key regional specificities.

The interventions proposed include scaling up prevention; eliminating new HIV infections in children; and expanding access to HIV testing and treatment.