Three Global Health Sector Strategies on HIV, Viral Hepatitis and Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) for 2016-2021
Dear Colleagues and Partners,
We are delighted to share with you that three global health sector strategies on HIV, viral hepatitis and sexually transmitted infections (STIs) for 2016-2021 have been adopted by the Sixty-Ninth World Health Assembly last Saturday, 28 May 2016. All three strategies outline key actions to be undertaken by countries and WHO, along five strategic directions, over the course of the next six years.
The Member States expressed overwhelming support for the strategies, driving innovation, and focusing on integrated delivery of high impact interventions. The strategies were applauded for setting ambitious but achievable goals and targets to support countries in achieving universal health coverage and the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030.
- The HIV strategy aims to achieve “fast-track” targets by 2020 towards ending AIDS by 2030.
- The hepatitis strategy – the first of its kind – introduces the first-ever global targets, including the target to eliminate viral hepatitis as a public health threat by 2030.
Implementing the new strategies will require a renewed sense of urgency, ambition and energy from all partners and stakeholders. For the HIV strategy, a central element for success will be country efforts to implement “Treat All” recommendations. With this update, I would like to request your support to inform and engage our broader networks and partners in translating these strategies into national policies and programmes. The latest updates on the strategies are available at: www.who.int/hiv and www.who.int/hepatitis.
As you know, next week global leaders will convene at the UN General Assembly High-Level Meeting on Ending AIDS on 8-10 June 2016 to chart the way forward in the HIV response. WHO will organize three major side events:
- WHO side event: “Elimination of mother-to-child transmission of HIV and syphilis: celebrating country success” will take place on Tuesday, 7 June, at 17:00-18:30, in the Delegates Lounge, United Nations.
- Ministerial Panel organized by WHO and Stop TB Partnership: “Ending TB deaths among people living with HIV: time for action”, will be held on Wednesday, 8 June, at 08:00-09:30, in the Conference Room 7, United Nations General Assembly.
- WHO side event, sponsored by Côte D’Ivoire, South Africa, Thailand and the United States of America with the participation of the Ministers of Health: “Treat All: from policy to action – what will it take?” will be held on Thursday, 9 June, at 13:00-14:30, in the Conference room 11, United Nations.
Undoubtedly, this High-Level Meeting will be a landmark event and I am confident it will result in a strong political declaration to accelerate the global response towards ending AIDS by 2030.
Dr Gottfried Hirnschall
Director HIV/AIDS Department and Global Hepatitis Programme
World Health Organization