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Straight talk with...Michel Sidibé

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Last month, Michel Sidibé assumed his new role as executive director of UNAIDS, the United Nations agency created more than a decade ago to foster global leadership in the response to the AIDS pandemic. The agency—based in Geneva, Switzerland and cosponsored by ten other UN agencies, including the World Health Organization (WHO) and the World Bank—has received huge praise for helping to increase spending for AIDS and working with civil rights groups to lower the price of antiretroviral drugs. But UNAIDS has also faced criticism for failing to remove legal roadblocks to treatment and prevention of the disease in certain countries and for kowtowing to its cosponsors, which have competed for resources and recognition. Sidibé, a citizen of Mali, joined UNAIDS in 2001. While at the agency, he has overseen and coordinated HIV/AIDS treatment and prevention efforts in UN member countries and implemented methods to evaluate the agency's efforts. Sidibé discussed his new goals as executive director of UNAIDS with Prashant Nair.

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Nair, P. Straight talk with...Michel Sidibé. Nat Med 15, 130–131 (2009). https://doi.org/10.1038/nm0209-130

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