News of the WeekNewsmaker Interview: Michel Sidibé

New HIV Infections Drop, But Treatment Demands Rise

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Science  03 Dec 2010:
Vol. 330, Issue 6009, pp. 1301
DOI: 10.1126/science.330.6009.1301

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Two years ago on World AIDS Day, 1 December, Michel Sidibé was appointed the new executive director of the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS. An economist by training and a native of Mali, Sidibé came into the job when funding for HIV/AIDS was still flush. But the global economic crisis that fall threatened to end the era of extraordinary largesse, which enabled many poor countries to rapidly increase the number of people who were receiving antiretroviral treatment. On World AIDS Day today, that rapid growth has come to a standstill, and Sidibé is wrestling to renew the momentum and turn the funding situation around. Sidibé spoke with Science from New York City, where he was visiting the U.N. headquarters.