Prompted by the findings of an Independent Expert Panel (IEP) investigation into abuses of power and sexual harassment at the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV and AIDS (UNAIDS), AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) issued a statement calling for the immediate dismissal of the organization’s Executive Director Michel Sidibé. The full text of the statement is available below.
“AHF fully supports the Independent Expert Panel conclusion that ‘… a change in leadership has become necessary,’ because Sidibé is not equal to, or up to the standards that UNAIDS must uphold—quite the opposite,” said Zoya Shabarova, AHF Europe Bureau Chief.
“There is no way for the healing and the reform to happen with him in charge. The AIDS community and the UNAIDS response requires better than this. We need solidarity, accountability and integrity in order to end AIDS by 2030 or ever.”