Specisoa becomes Ist UN special envoy on HIV in Africa


NATIONAL: (By Richard Olson)– South Africa has got another feather in its cap after Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon appointed Africa’s first female vice president, Speciosa Wandira-Kasibwe as his special envoy for HIV/Aids in Africa.

A surgeon with a doctorate in public health and population from Harvard, Wandira-Kasibwe was Uganda’s vice president from 1993 to 2004 and is now senior adviser to President Yoweri Museveni on population and health.

UN spokesperson Martin Nesirky said  that Wandira-Kazibwe will advocate for the involvement of all sectors of African society  in the fight against Aids. He said there has been significant progress in halting the HIV epidemic in Africa, with 32 % fewer Aids-related deaths in 2011 than in 2005.

Wandira-Kazibwe replaces ex-UN deputy secretary-general Asha-Rose Migiro of Tanzania. Ban thanked Migiro for her powerful advocacy to end Aids and her work for the UN, Nesirky said.

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