Member States endorse a 5-year global health sector strategy on HIV

A resolution endorsing the new Global Health Sector Strategy on HIV/AIDS, 2011-2015 was adopted by consensus on 23 May at the 64th meeting of the World Health Assembly in Geneva.

Last week, also in Geneva, the Standing Committee of the Regional Committee (SCRC) acknowledged that Europe was the only WHO region where the AIDS epidemic was still growing fast and there was a need for renewed political commitment to tackling the problem. The SCRC also recommended that the European Action Plan for HIV/AIDS 2012-2015, should be presented to the 61st Regional Committee in Baku.

The European Action Plan addresses the priorities of the European Region and reflects the European context by proposing specific areas of intervention following the four strategic directions in the Global Health Sector Strategy on HIV: optimizing HIV prevention, diagnosis, treatment and care outcomes; leveraging broader health outcomes through HIV responses; building strong and sustainable systems and reducing vulnerability and structural barriers to accessing services (addressing social determinants of health).

Both the Global Health Sector Strategy on HIV/AIDS, 2011-2015, and the European Action Plan for HIV/AIDS, 2012-2015, define the health sector's contribution to the broader multi-sectoral response outlined in the UNAIDS strategy for 2011-2015.