More than thirty years into the pandemic, HIV/AIDS remains a long-term development challenge in the WHO African Region which bears 69% of the global burden and has accounted for more than 70% of the world’s AIDS-related deaths. While there has been a decline in the number of new HIV infections, prevalence in the Region remains unacceptably high, estimated at 4.8% in 2011 but much higher in Southern Africa.

There has been unprecedented political and financial commitment globally and in the Region towards the HIV response. This has led to scaling up of HIV/AIDS prevention, treatment and care interventions in all countries. The results are encouraging as the number of new infections is decreasing in more countries and there is a reduction in HIV-related mortality as reported in 2010. To consolidate these gains, the Region will need to intensify efforts in HIV response by mobilizing domestic resources, optimizing the synergies between HIV and other health programmes and contributing to health system

The HIV/AIDS Programme supports Member States to develop policies and programmes and build the capacity for the delivery of the health sector response to HIV/AIDS. This includes rapidly scaling-up access to treatment and care and accelerating prevention while strengthening health systems, in the context of universal access.

The programme carries out the below:

  • Provides normative guidance and generic tools to member states for intensifying HIV/AIDS prevention and control efforts towards attainment of global, regional and national goals and targets.
  • Provides technical support to member states for accelerating and scaling up implementation of prevention, care, and treatment interventions for HIV/AIDS; especially HIV testing and counseling, prevention of mother to child transmission, STI prevention and control, blood safety, male circumcision, and antiretroviral therapy.
  • Supports countries in accessing and managing additional resources (including antiretroviral medicines and other commodities) from global, regional and national partnerships for the fight against HIV/AIDS.
  • Provides technical support to member states for strengthening procurement & supply management systems and laboratory services and networks.
  • Supports member states to strengthen surveillance, monitoring and evaluation systems for HIV/AIDS prevention and control.
  • Strengthens capacity for the conduct of operational research for evidence-based decision making.

For more information please contact:

pm-rpa-AsamoahDr. Emil Asamoah-Odei
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Tel: +47241 39277




Related links:

  2. HIV Department WHO Headquarters