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The IAS welcomes Peter Sands as the Global Fund’s new Executive Director

14 November 2017 (Geneva, Switzerland) — The International AIDS Society (IAS) welcomes the appointment of Peter Sands as the new Executive Director of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. Following more than a decade in the financial sector – including more than eight years as the Chief Executive of Standard Chartered Bank – Peter has dedicated his life to improving global health and accelerating the fight against pandemics, including AIDS, TB and malaria. He currently s...
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International AIDS Society statement on the passing of Amsterdam Mayor Eberhard van der Laan

The International AIDS Society mourns the passing of Amsterdam Mayor Eberhard van der Laan and honours his life of service and dedication to an open society and to the fight against AIDS. Amsterdam, the city that Mayor van der Laan led for seven years, occupies a critical role in the history of the global fight against AIDS. It was among the first cities in the world to support needle exchange, which helped address a growing epidemic among people who inject drugs. In keeping with the city’s co...
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In remembrance of Pierre Bergé

The International AIDS Society (IAS) mourns the passing of Pierre Bergé, a giant in the fight against AIDS and a renowned human rights advocate. Pierre died at the age of 86 in Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, France, on 7 September 2017. A successful businessman, a patron of the arts and an active member of the supervisory board of Le Monde, Pierre used his wealth and influence to make the world a better, more just place. Pierre was a founder of Sidaction and its president since 1996. He played a...
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Merger of initiatives focused on HIV cure

The IAS Towards an HIV Cure initiative recently merged with another leader in the field, the HIV Cure Initiative (HCI). The new entity, which will operate under the IAS Towards an HIV Cure name, will join forces to better promote HIV cure research and speed the development of effective HIV remission or cure strategies. Launched at a meeting hosted by the Annenberg Foundation, then housed at the Infectious Disease Research Institute (IDRI), the HCI fostered public-private partnerships towards an...
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Remembering Mark Wainberg

It is with a heavy heart that the International AIDS Society (IAS) has learned of the death of past president Prof. Mark A. Wainberg (1998-2000), who died this week at the age of 71 in Bal Harbour, Florida. We stand in mourning and shock from this news as Mark was a leader, mentor and close friend to the IAS, our staff and our community.
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IAS statement on reinstatement of the global gag rule (Mexico City Policy)

On 23 January 2017, US President Donald J Trump signed a presidential memorandum reinstating the so-called Mexico City Policy. Under this policy, any and all non-US-based nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) wishing to receive US foreign assistance for family planning or global health must pledge to not use any funds – received from the US government or any other source – to “perform or actively promote abortion as a method of family planning”. The International AIDS Society (IAS) is deeply...
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IAS statement on the Executive Order halting refugee admissions (United States)

US President Donald J Trump signed the Executive Order titled “Protecting the Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry Into the United States” on Friday, 27 January 2017. Under this proposed Order, all refugee admissions are suspended for 120 days, and citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries – Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen – are blocked from entering the US for 90 days. This Order essentially legalizes stigma of an entire population, striking at the core of human rights a...
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