National AIDS Council appoints Dr. Ruth Laibon-Masha as CEO

The National AIDS Control Council has appointed Dr. Ruth Laibon-Masha as the new Chief Executive Officer.

A PhD holder in Public Health of Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology, she has over 20 years’ experience in the field of HIV and sexual and reproductive health.

She joins NACC from the United Nations Joint Programme on HIV (UNAIDS) in Geneva Switzerland, where she served as an Adviser to the Global HIV Prevention Coalition and Adolescent Health.  The Coalition comprises 44 member states and technical partners and was established to lead global efforts of reducing new HIV infections.

Dr. Masha has previously worked in Kenya for the UNAIDS Kenya office, ActionAid and Family Health Options Kenya. She will be tasked with securing the gains already made in the HIV/AIDS response in Kenya and action towards a strengthened response in the face of the COVID-19 to accelerate ending AIDS epidemic as a public health threat in Kenya by 2030.

She takes over from Dr. Nduku Kilonzo (PhD), EBS, whose term of service as the NACC CEO since 2014 has come to an end. “The Board thanks Dr. Kilonzo, under whose leadership Kenya has achieved significant results in reducing annual new infections and AIDS related deaths, with continued monitoring of County AIDS Plans and a revamped community AIDS Reporting framework” read a statement from the NACC Board chair Angeline Siparo.

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