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Under-fire UNAIDS chief offers to resign in June

GENEVA: Scandal-plagued UNAIDS head Michel Sidibe offered Thursday to resign in June, following an expert report that said his "defective leadership" had plunged the agency into crisis. The timeline for the departure, confirmed by the agency, amounted to a concession from a leader accused of fostering a work environment that has tolerated bullying, sexual harassment and a culture of fear among staff. Agency spokeswoman Sophie Barton-Knott confirmed Sidibe's proposal for an "orderly transition" in June in an email to…

Calls mount to sack UNAIDS chief

GENEVA: The fate of UNAIDS chief Michel Sidibe hung in the balance on Tuesday as he faced the agency's oversight body after an expert report blasted his leadership and called for his removal. The organisation founded to coordinate the global response to the HIV/AIDS epidemic has been plunged into a crisis unprecedented in its 24-year history. Seeking to ease concerns after UNAIDS was accused of mishandling sexual assault allegations against a former deputy chief, Sidibe initiated the Independent Expert Panel report to…

Leaders and policies at UNAIDS failed to prevent or respond to allegations of harassment: report

UNAIDS, under fire over a mishandled sexual assault investigation, suffers from "a broken organisational culture," where leaders fail "to accept responsibility" and fear among staff is rampant, an expert report said Friday. The Independent Expert Report was created by UNAIDS' oversight body following a public uproar triggered by the agency's handling of sexual assault allegations against former deputy executive director Luiz Loures. The findings, based on dozens of interviews and hundreds of staff surveys, said the…

More than 18 million on HIV treatment, a million more than 2015: UNAIDS

LONDON: More than 18 million people now have access to life-saving AIDS treatment, 1.2 million more than at the end of last year, the United Nations said on Monday. In a report on the AIDS pandemic, which has infected 78 million people and killed 35 million since it began in the 1980s, UNAIDS said the consistently strong scale-up of treatment has seen annual AIDS-related deaths drop by 45 percent to 1.1 million in 2015 from a peak of about 2 million in 2005. But, as more HIV-positive people live longer, the challenges…