Dr Gottfried Hirnschall is the Director of the HIV Department of the WHO since early 2010, and as of December 2013, he also oversees the Global Hepatitis Programme (GHP) which coordinates the Organization’s response to viral hepatitis. He leads the organization's work in strategy, advocacy, cutting-edge normative policies and guidance and country support in HIV and viral Hepatitis.
Dr Hirnschall joined WHO in 1991, and coordinated WHO's support to countries in the area of child and adolescent health until 2000. He then joined the HIV Department as Director for Partnerships, External Relations and Communications for WHO's "3 by 5" initiative. In this function, he engaged a broad range of partners and succeeded in mobilizing support for the unprecedented scale-up of antiretroviral therapy in low-income countries.
Between 2005 and 2007, he directed the Caribbean HIV programme of PAHO (Pan-American Health Organization), based in Trinidad and Tobago, and then, out of Washington DC, oversaw PAHO’s HIV work in the Americas between 2007 and 2009.
Dr Hirnschall received a Medical Degree from the University of Vienna with a specialization in Family Health, and holds a diploma in Tropical Medicine from the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute. He obtained a Master's degree in Public Health from the Johns Hopkins School of Public Heatlh. Dr Hirnschall has served in he Epidemic Intelligence Service at the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta, USA, between 1989-91.