The World Bank helps define the global response to HIV and AIDS and contributes to the achievement of the 2015 Millennium Development Goals. As a co-sponsor of UNAIDS, the Bank embraces the vision of “Zero new HIV infections. Zero discrimination. Zero AIDS-related deaths”, and brings to the AIDS response its unique cross-sectoral expertise.
The World Bank offers financing, specialized technical support and knowledge to countries for effective prevention of new HIV infections, care and treatment for people living with HIV/AIDS, and alleviation of social and economic consequences for affected communities.
Upon request from national governments (and as part of the World Bank Country Partnership Strategies developed with the countries), the Bank provides financing (grants, credits and loans) for HIV/AIDS programs, through stand-alone projects, or typically, integrated with broader health sector financing, through results-based financing for health systems strengthening, or financing for projects including other social sectors, infrastructure, transport or urban development. Since 1989, World Bank financing for HIV and AIDS has totaled over $5 billion. As of FY13, the World Bank’s active portfolio for HIV/AIDS stands at $1.5 billion.
The World Bank also supports countries to do “better for less” through actionable, analytical work and technical assistance to help countries improve the implementation, efficiency, effectiveness, and sustainability of their own national AIDS responses. The Bank supports analytical work to help countries maximize their HIV resource allocations, and identify what to invest in: (i) allocative efficiency; (ii) effectiveness studies; (iii) financing and sustainability studies; and/or (iv) national strategic planning. The Bank also supports countries in their efforts to understand how to better deliver HIV services and attain quality standards and coverage levels targeted in their national strategic plans. The Bank works with stakeholders to improve evidence related to HIV prevention and engages in key sectors such as education, transport, energy, and infrastructure.
Last Updated: Sep 30,2014