Rachel Baggaley is the coordinator of HIV testing and prevention at the World Health Organisation in Geneva.
Dr Baggaley studied medicine at Oxford University and has an MSc in social science, medical ethics, epidemiology and research methods from London University. She trained in primary health care in London and was a lecturer in the department of general practice in at the United Medical and Dental Schools of Guy's and St Thomas' Hospitals in London where her research interests were in HIV and injecting drug users and she was involved in early work on harm reduction. She spent six years in Zambia setting up the first HIV testing services and providing care for people with HIV and then 10 years working on a wide range of HIV programmes in all regions with a focus on HIV in post conflict settings and fragile states.
Since 2010 she has worked for WHO leading the HIV testing and prevention work for WHO, including coordinating a range of global HIV guidelines, including guidelines for key populations, voluntary medical male circumcisions, HIV testing and prevention for adolescents, pre-exposure prophylaxis, and HIV testing services and published on a range of issues relating HIV prevention, testing, PrEP, PEP, VMMC, key populations, adolescents and women, HIV and sexual reproductive health. She has been part of a WHO team supporting a number of HIV self-testing studies and demonstration projects included the Unitaid HIV Self-Testing Africa (STAR) consortium projects in Malawi, Zambia and Zimbabwe.