Gay Today (06.05.2013)
Aids Weekly Plus
On June 5, Michel Sidibé, the executive director of the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), announced the appointment of Professor Salim S. Abdool Karim, a South African scientist, as chair of the newly established UNAIDS Scientific Expert Panel. Sidibé made the announcement in Durban, South Africa, at the UNAIDS Scientific Symposium on the implications of the “Mississippi baby” for public health programs on mother-to-child transmission of HIV. Professor Karim holds academic appointments at Columbia University in New York and at the University of KwaZulu-Natal in Durban, and is interim president of the South African Medical Research Council. The newly established panel will provide strategic advice on the relevance of new research and findings and how these findings can be implemented rapidly to best effect in preventing new HIV infections and improving the lives of HIV-infected people. The members of the UNAIDS Scientific Expert Panel will be announced in the coming week.