Global Program Struggles to Stem the Flood of New Cases

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Science  19 Jun 1998:
Vol. 280, Issue 5371, pp. 1863-1864
DOI: 10.1126/science.280.5371.1863

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GENEVA-- In 1994, a major organizational shake-up in the United Nations' AIDS activities led to the creation of UNAIDS--a program jointly sponsored by six U.N. agencies--and the appointment of a new executive director, Peter Piot. The new program, and Piot's appointment to it, signaled a new era in the global battle against AIDS, an effort that many believed had been floundering through the 1990s. To many observers, Piot brings the right blend of pragmatism and moral indignation to the job, one which has been made more difficult because the reorganization cut the program's core budget by about 15% and halved its staff while the global epidemic has only increased.