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Oxfam's Winnie Byanyima of Uganda to serve as the next head of UNAIDS

The activist, mechanical engineer and ex-parliamentarian is set to replace UNAIDS' embattled leader Michel Sidibé.

Winnie Byanyima, the new executive director of UNAIDS
Winnie Byanyima, the new executive director of UNAIDS (AN/OXFAM International)

GENEVA (AN) — Winnie Byanyima, a humanitarian activist who heads Oxfam International, was appointed to serve as executive director of the Joint U.N. Program on HIV/AIDS, or UNAIDS.

She replaces UNAIDS' embattled leader Michel Sidibé, who left the job early in May due to allegations he improperly handled a sexual harassment scandal involving one of his deputies. He defied the wishes of Sweden, UNAIDS’ second-biggest donor, which had demanded his immediate resignation, but still left the job six months earlier than he had planned.

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