UNAIDS global update reveals mixed results

UNAIDS released its 2019 global AIDS update on July 16, revealing mixed progress. New HIV infections decreased by 16 percent since 2010, mostly due to gains in east and south Africa. However, new HIV infections have increased in Europe, Central Asia, the Middle East, North Africa, and Latin America. Global AIDS-related deaths have fallen by 33 percent from 2010, though deaths increased in Europe, Central Asia, the Middle East, and Africa.

UNAIDS Executive Director leaves post

UNAIDS announced on May 8 that its executive director, Michel Sidibé, is leaving his post immediately, following allegations he mishandled sexual assault claims. An independent review commissioned by UNAIDS last year said Sidibé “neither prevented harassment nor responded quickly to accusations,” according to Reuters.

Sidibé will become minister of health and social affairs in his native Mali “with immediate effect,” according to UNAIDS. He will be replaced by the deputy executive director, Gunilla Carlsson, on a temporary basis.

Corruption allegations at UNHCR, UNAIDS

NBC News reported a pattern of widespread corruption at the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the UN’s primary refugee agency. The report alleges that some aid workers demanded bribes of up to $5,000 per family in order to provide services. During a seven-month investigation, NBC interviewed over 50 refugees registered with UNHCR around the world, as well as current and former UNHCR staff and UN investigators.

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