The WHO South-East Asia Region has the second highest burden of HIV in the world after sub-Saharan Africa. Although the overall adult HIV prevalence in the Region is below 1%, the total burden in terms of absolute number of affected people is huge—approximately 3.5 million people are affected with HIV in SEAR. The Region is also home to 130 million people living with chronic hepatitis B and C.
The HIV/STI/Hepatitis Unit’s mission is to reverse the HIV epidemic, control STIs and hepatitis in the Region by providing technical support to countries in national policy development, strategic planning, epidemic surveillance, resource mobilization, health service delivery, and programme monitoring & evaluation. The world has committed to end AIDS and eliminate viral hepatitis as a public health threat by 2030 as part of for the sustainable development goals. As we move from MDG to the era of Sustainable Development Goals, the HIV/STI/Hepatitis Unit will continue to works closely with national governments, academic institutions, civil society, and United Nations and other international partner organizations to ensure progress towards achieving the global commitments.