Zwandor appointed UNAIDS Country Director to Namibia

24 Sep 2019 18:10pm
WINDHOEK, 24 SEP (NAMPA) – Alti Zwandor has been appointed as the new UNAIDS Country Director to Namibia and was welcomed by Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah on Monday.
Zwandor, who is a Nigerian national, is a public health specialist with over 36 years of public health and development work experience in western and southern Africa.
UNAIDS in a media statement said the new Joint United Nations Programme on HIV and AIDS country director re-affirmed her support towards the AIDS response.
She highlighted the importance of removing complacency on HIV and strengthening messaging on combination prevention interventions, such as voluntary male circumcision and condom use.
“I am honoured to be in Namibia and my focus will remain on building, fostering and maintaining strategic partnerships in contributing to the successful HIV response towards ending AIDS,” Zwandor said.
Among others, she started her development work in the early 1980s with the Plateau State Ministry of Health in Nigeria where she was a clinician in government and mission hospitals.
Zwandor joined UNAIDS in 2002 and has held various positions such as UNAIDS Country Director for Lesotho, Programme and Institutional Development Adviser for UNAIDS South Africa, Senior Programme Adviser for UNAIDS Ethiopia and National Programme Advisor, UNAIDS Nigeria.
Zwandor holds a Master’s in Epidemiology from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine in the United Kingdom and Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery from University of Jos, Nigeria.