Collaboration with the World Health Organization

As the leading authority for health within the United Nations, the World Health Organization (WHO) is responsible for providing leadership on global health matters, shaping the health research agenda, setting norms and standards, articulating evidence-based policy options, providing technical support to countries and monitoring and assessing health trends.

Working together, PEPFAR, as the largest international HIV initiative, and WHO, as the agency leading the health sector response to HIV, have been able to leverage the work of each other and significantly influence global commitments and action. In 2008, PEPFAR and WHO outlined a strategic framework for collaboration rooted in the common vision for a sustainable global HIV response in which there is universal access to HIV/AIDS prevention, treatment and care, HIV is addressed within a broader health and development agenda, and health systems are strengthened to address critical public health issues.

Together WHO and PEPFAR have identified seven strategic directions for enhanced cooperation, which include:

  1. Advocating for a sustainable global response;
  2. Strengthening HIV prevention through the health sector;
  3. Accelerating the scale up of HIV/AIDS treatment and care;
  4. Promoting Integration of HIV into broader health programs;
  5. Building Strong Health Systems;
  6. Strategic Information for HIV; and
  7. Delivering in Countries.

PEPFAR support for this collaborative initiative in FY 2010 totaled more than $20 million, with the U.S. Government and WHO working together to enhance programs and policies in multiple areas including male circumcision, laboratory capacity, prevention of mother to child transmission, TB/HIV, health systems strengthening, and counseling and testing.