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Why UN appointed new HIV/AIDS chief

UN appoints new HIV/AIDS chief after controversy United Nations, United States | AFP |  United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres appointed a new HIV/AIDS chief on Wednesday after the previous incumbent left accused of serious mismanagement. Oxfam International executive director Winnie Byanyima of Uganda will lead UNAIDS, a spokesperson for …

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Winnie Byanyima takes top UNAIDS job

New York, United States | THE INDEPENDENT | The United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres has named Winifred ‘Winnie’ Karagwa Byanyima as the next Executive Director of the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS). The Ugandan leader on women’s rights, democratic governance and peace building has been Executive Director of Oxfam International …

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High cost of HIV misdiagnosis

Retesting people to confirm HIV positive results might appear costly but is cheaper than treating people wrongly diagnosed THE INDEPENDENT | Julian E. Sabiiti | It is well-known that an HIV-positive diagnosis can have detrimental results on people affected. A person diagnosed as HIV positive can undergo depression, withdraw from the public …

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Global gains in fight against HIV decline amid funding cuts

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | The pace of progress in reducing new HIV infections, increasing access to treatment and ending AIDS-related deaths is slowing down according to the UNAIDS’ Global AIDS Update 2019. The report; Communities at the Centre, shows a mixed picture arising from a widening gap between …

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Donald Kaberuka new Global Fund board chairman

Geneva, Switzerland | THE INDEPENDENT | Former president of the African Development Bank Donald Kaberuka has been selected as the new board chairman of the The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. Dr. Kaberuka was selected by the Global Fund Board on Thursday following a six-month search that was designed …

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Second HIV remission patient ignites cure hope

Paris, France | AFP | For just the second time ever a HIV patient is in sustained remission from the virus in what was hailed by experts Tuesday as proof that the AIDS-causing condition could one day be curable. Ten years almost to the day since the first confirmed case of an HIV-infected person being …

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Second case ever of ‘HIV cure’

‘London patient’: second case ever of HIV remission Paris, France | AFP |  A second person is in sustained remission from HIV-1, the virus that causes AIDS, after ceasing treatment and is likely cured, researchers were set to announce at a medical conference Tuesday. Ten years after the first confirmed …

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Trump’s ambitious plan to eliminate HIV welcomed by experts

  Washington, United States | AFP | President Donald Trump’s call for a bipartisan commitment to eradicate HIV in the United States within a decade has been welcomed by experts and advocacy organizations even as major challenges remain. Addressing Congress during the annual State of the Union speech, Trump hailed what …

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Under-fire UNAIDS chief offers to resign in June

Geneva, Switzerland | AFP | Scandal-plagued UNAIDS head Michel Sidibe offered Thursday to resign in June, following an expert report that said his “defective leadership” had plunged the agency into crisis. The timeline for the departure, confirmed by the agency, amounted to a concession from a leader accused of fostering a …

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