Former deputy health minister gets new UNAIDS appointment

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Dr Victor Bampoe

Former deputy minister of health, Dr Victor Bampoe has been handed a new appointment at the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS, UNAIDS, ghanahealthnest.com has learnt.

His appointment as the associate director, coordinator and special adviser to the Fast-Track implementation Department, took effect in May 2017 and will require the ‘global health leader’ to brace the UNAIDS support to countries as they look to implement comprehensive Fast-Track responses to the HIV epidemic.

Working with country focused teams, the Fast-Track implementation Department pulls upon the collective experience and knowledge of the UNAIDS, its cosponsors and key partners such as the Global Fund and PEPFAR. The Department puts in place practices to enhance collaboration and programmatic performance monitoring, working in conjunction with the UNAIDS’ regional, country and liaison offices.

Congratulating Dr Bampoe on his new post, Mr Girmay Haile, Country Director of UNAIDS Ghana, shared

“And now he’s my colleague at UNAIDS…we will join hands to fight and end the AIDS epidemic in his new leadership capacity in the Fast Track Department at UNAIDS Headquarters. Congratulations Hon Victor Bampoe”

Dr Bampoe prior to his appointment, served as the deputy minister of health under the Mahama led administration, where he was the incident commander for public health emergencies, playing a critical role such as Ghana’s preparedness and response towards the 2014 Ebola outbreak.

Dr Bampoe is a trained medical doctor by profession with specialization in Public Health from the Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health in Baltimore, USA.

Dr. Bampoe worked with Global Fund to fight HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria in various capacities since 2005; and served as the Manager in Uganda, Kenya, Zambia and Rwanda, and was also the Risk Manager at the Fund, as well as the Team Leader for Southern Africa. Prior to working at the Fund, he worked with the United Kingdom Department for International Development (DFID) as a Regional Health and HIV adviser, and before that, as a Medical Officer with the Ministry of Health in Ghana.