United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has named Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) alumna Speciosa Wandira-Kasibwe as his special envoy for HIV/AIDS in Africa. A surgeon who has played a key role in both public health and politics in Africa, Wandira-Kasibwe, SD ’09, is currently senior adviser to the president of Uganda on population and health and a chairperson of the board of directors of the Uganda-based Microfinance Support Center Ltd. She also served as vice president of Uganda from 1993-2004—the first woman in Africa to hold such a position.

Wandira-Kasibwe, who studied global health and population at HSPH, has worked on HIV/AIDS issues as a member of the group Champions for an HIV-Free Generation, according to an August 1, 2013 article from the UN News Centre.

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