The WHO Network for HIV and Health in the Western Pacific Region was established in 2008. Its foundation was based on the increasing availability of resources to support the scale-up of health sector programmes on HIV/AIDS, a large proportion of funds have been provided through the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (GFATM), the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and other donors. These resources have generated an unprecedented demand from Member States for specialized technical assistance on a wide range of global health issues within the WHO mandate.
The WHO Western Pacific Regional Office (WPRO) recognized the potential to develop a network of WHO Collaborating Centres and other key technical partners that are well positioned to provide technical cooperation to Member States. In December 2008, after conducting preliminary research, WHO gathered together institutions that supported the establishment of a network that could internally access different disciplinary perspectives to provide high quality technical advice to Member States in support of health sector responses to HIV.
Today, the Network consists of 20 member institutions from nine countries and areas in the Western Pacific Region – Australia, China, Hong Kong (China), Japan, Malaysia, New Zealand, the Philippines, Singapore and Viet Nam. A range of disciplines and fields of expertise are represented, including HIV, sexually transmitted infections (STI), laboratory, gender and women's health, child and maternal health, drug and alcohol, nursing, health promotion and disease prevention, blood safety and products, tuberculosis (TB), training, research, health technology, occupational health, population health, virology and immunology.
As a network, these institutions offer collaborative multidisciplinary technical support to countries that is timely, sustainable, predictable, of high quality and able to address cross-cutting health matters. On a broader level, the vision of the Network is to strengthen health systems and to contribute to the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals.