The Lancet Examines UNAIDS’ Process For Selecting New Executive Director

The Lancet: Five candidates in the running to head UNAIDS after Sidibé
“Five candidates have been shortlisted in a fast-track selection process to appoint the next executive director of UNAIDS. The previous head of the agency, Michel Sidibé, stepped down from office ahead of schedule to become Minister of Health of Mali in May. … Candidates to lead the agency, as obtained by The Lancet from diplomatic sources, are Salim Abdool Karim, director of the Centre for the AIDS Programme of Research in South Africa, Sani Aliyu, director general of Nigeria’s National Agency for the Control of AIDS; Chris Beyrer, professor of epidemiology and international health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, and past president of the International AIDS Society; Winnie Byanyima, executive director of Oxfam International; and Bernard Haufiku, former minister of health and social services of Namibia. … [UNAIDS’ Programme Coordinating Board] put forward their recommendations to the U.N. head in July, diplomatic sources familiar with the process told The Lancet…” (Zarocostas, 6/29).