Sida's Ex-Chief is New Swedish HIV/AIDS Ambassador

Anders Nordstrom is Sweden's new ambassador for HIV/AIDS issues. Photo by: Chris Black / WHO

Sweden named Aug. 26 a new ambassador for HIV/AIDS issues.

Anders Nordstrom, former head of the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency, has been chosen to succeed Lennart Hjelmåker, Earth Times reports. Hjelmåker has been appointed as Swedish ambassador to Tanzania.

As reported by Devex, the Swedish government dismissed Nordstrom as Sida director-general in late May, citing the need to revamp the agency and its leadership. 

In his new position, Nordstrom is expected to ensure that HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment efforts are integrated into Sweden’s global health and development goals.

Aside from his Sida experience, the new ambassador also served as interim head of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria and worked with the World Health Organization in Geneva.

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