Guiding policy documents and frameworks for WHO/Europe’s work on HIV

The guiding policy documents and frameworks for WHO/Europe’s work on HIV include:

  • the European Action Plan for HIV/AIDS 2012–2015, which puts into action the UNAIDS strategy for 2011–2015 and the WHO global health sector strategy on HIV/AIDS for 2011–2015;
  • the Dublin Declaration on Partnership to Fight HIV/AIDS in Europe and Central Asia (2004); and
  • the United Nations Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) – specifically MDG 6, to combat HIV/AIDS.

European Action Plan for HIV/AIDS

In September 2011, 53 Member States of the European Region endorsed an Action Plan calling for urgent action by the WHO Regional Office for Europe, the Member States and other stakeholders to address the growing HIV epidemic in the Region:

The vision for the European Region is zero new HIV infections, zero AIDS-related deaths and zero discrimination in a world in which people living with HIV are able to live long, healthy lives.

The goals for the European Region by 2015 are:

  • to immediately halt and reverse the spread of HIV in Europe;
  • to achieve universal access to comprehensive HIV prevention, treatment, care and support; and
  • to contribute to the attainment of Millennium Development Goal 6 and other health-related Millennium Development Goals (3, 4, 5 and 8).

The Action Plan proposes areas of intervention within the framework established by the UNAIDS strategy for 2011–2015 and the WHO global health sector strategy on HIV/AIDS for 2011–2015.

The Action Plan is anchored in the guiding principles of: equity in health; community participation; human rights; evidence-informed policies and ethical public health approaches.

The Action Plan is based on the four strategic directions of the WHO global strategy, with proposals for implementation that reflect the European context and address the priorities of the Region:

  1. optimizing HIV prevention, diagnosis, treatment, care and support outcomes;
  2. leveraging broader health outcomes through HIV response
  3. building strong and sustainable health systems; and
  4. reducing vulnerability and the structural barriers to accessing services.

The primary audience for the European Action Plan for HIV/AIDS 2012–2015 is the national authorities in the WHO European Region responsible for HIV diagnosis, prevention, treatment, care and support, including health ministries and other government bodies responsible for health.