Harvard University-trained Speciosa Wandira-Kasibwe was named special envoy to United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon for HIV/AIDS in Africa. Dr. Wandira-Kasibwe is a senior adviser to the president of Uganda on population and health. From 1993 to 2004, she served as vice president of Uganda, the first woman in Africa to hold such a position.
Dr. Wandira-Kasibwe is a surgeon and holds a doctor of science degree in global health and population from the Harvard University School of Public Health.
While there has been significant progress in halting the spread of HIV/AIDS in Africa, there are still 23.5 million people in sub-Saharan Africa living with HIV/AIDS. This is 69 percent of all people in the world with the infection.