WHO Regional office of Europe
In 2016, WHO had developed three global strategies towards ending HIV, viral hepatitis and STIs. The Global Health Sector strategy towards ending STIs had set up ambitious targets for 2030, focusing on Syphilis, Gonorrhoea and human papilloma virus (HPV) and has also defined the following milestones for 2020: 70% of countries should have: (1) an STI surveillance system: (2) high coverage of HIV and syphilis screening and treatment for pregnant women; (3) integration of STI services in primary health care and also in reproductive health, family planning, pre- and post-natal care services and services for key populations; (4) HPV vaccination programme; (4) and surveillance of antimicrobial resistance of N. Gonorrheae.
STI activities of the joint TB, HIV and viral hepatitis (JTH) Programme at WHO EURO:
The WHO regional office for Europe has regional strategies for Sexual and Reproductive Health and regional plans for HIV and viral hepatitis that include STI components.
In 2019, a Regional Validation Committee for established to support the verification of elimination of HIV and syphilis mother-to-child transmission (MTCT) in countries requesting elimination certification by the Global Validation Advisory Committee. Armenia, Belarus and Moldova have been validated for EMTCT HIV and/or syphilis.
The Region has a strong Gonococcal Antimicrobial Surveillance Programme (GASP) implemented in collaboration with WHO collaborating Center in Orebro, Sweden, Public Health England and ECDC.
In July 2020, an STI situation and surveillance assessment was initiated in non- EU countries in collaboration with the WHO Collaborating Center on HIV strategic information in Croatia.
A survey was conducted in 2019 to assess the regional progress towards the achievement of the 2020 Global STI Strategy milestones. Based on a response rate of only half of the countries in the region, the 2020 milestones have been achieved.
As requested by member states as part of the above survey, WHO country support will focus on development/ update of national STI strategies and guidelines and STI surveillance strengthening, in collaboration with ECDC.
34 IUSTI Congress - European Congres on Sexually transmitted Infections and HIV/AIDS
TAMING THE TIDE of STIs & HIV
Bucharest, September 3-5,