African voices and leadership is imperative for the global AIDS response

  • Francois-Xavier Mbopi-Keou University of Yaoundé I, Faculty of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, Yaoundé, Cameroon; The Institute for the Development of Africa (The-IDA), Yaoundé, Cameroon
  • Brian Williams South Africa Centre for Epidemiological Modelling and Analysis, University of Stellenbosch, Stellenbosch, South Africa
  • Laurent Bélec Hôpital Européen Georges Pompidou, Université Paris Descartes, Paris Sorbonne Cité, France
  • Ginette Claude Mireille Kalla University of Yaoundé I, Faculty of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, Yaoundé, Cameroon; The Institute for the Development of Africa (The-IDA), Yaoundé, Cameroon
  • Ibra Ndoye Coordinating Board of CRCF and ANRS Research Site in Senegal, Dakar, Senegal
  • Mamadou Henri Konate Embassy of Mali & Mali Permanent Mission to the United Nations Office and other International Organizations in Geneva, Geneva, Switzerland
  • Tina Gifty Mensah
Keywords: African voices; leadership; global AIDS response; opinion

Abstract

This position paper is written in reference to the recent extensive media coverage of the report of the Independent Panel describing Harassment, Including Sexual Harassment, Bullying and Abuse of Power at UNAIDS Secretariat by several newspapers and authoritative journals such as Science and The Lancet. Unfortunately, none of these publications provide any clear evidence to support the accusations and merely repeat what are, in our view, unsubstantiated statements made in the report. Given the critical role that Africans have played in dealing with one of the most severe epidemics that the world has seen and the gravity of these charges, we believe it is essential to reaffirm that African voices and leadership is imperative for the global AIDS response.

Published
2019-02-22
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