Retiring Dean of UCSF School of Medicine Appointed To U.N. Commission for HIV/AIDS and Governance in Africa
Dr. Haile Debas, who is retiring as dean of the University of California-San Francisco School of Medicine on Aug. 31, has accepted an appointment to the U.N. Commission for HIV/AIDS and Governance in Africa, the AP/Miami Herald reports. The commission, which is scheduled to have its first meeting in September in Tunisia or Ethiopia, is expected to advise African governments on how to best combat the HIV/AIDS epidemic (Elias, AP/Miami Herald, 7/9). The commission's goal is to produce a report within two years on recommendations on how to fight the epidemic and how to address the impact of the disease on the ability of African countries to develop their economies, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. Debas will continue to work at UCSF on a new interdisciplinary research program that is examining global health issues such as HIV, tuberculosis, malaria and other diseases (San Francisco Chronicle, 7/10). Former FDA Commissioner Dr. David Kessler will replace Debas, who has been dean of the school for 10 years (AP/Miami Herald, 7/9).This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.