Chief of HIV/AIDS, Programme Division, UNICEF

Craig McClure

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In December 2011, Craig McClure became the Chief of HIV/AIDS section at UNICEF New York’s headquarters. In this post, Mr. McClure will provide leadership and coordinate UNICEF’s work on HIV and AIDS at global level.

Prior to his appointment, Mr. McClure served as Coordinator, a.i. and Senior Adviser, HIV/AIDS at the World Health Organization (WHO) in Geneva, where he coordinated the treatment and care team in the HIV Department. From 2004-2009, Mr. McClure was Executive Director of the International AIDS Society (IAS), where he oversaw the staging of six major international and scientific conferences.

In 2000, Mr. Craig worked for the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative (IAVI) on public policy and community-preparedness for vaccine trials. He then joined WHO in 2002 to support partnerships for the “3 by 5” initiative.

Mr. McClure has a background in political science, international relations, education and counselling. His involvement in the fight against AIDS began in 1991 when, while teaching secondary school in the UK, he joined the activist group ACT-UP Manchester. He returned to his native Canada in 1993 and worked for five years in the community-based sector with the Canadian AIDS Treatment Information Exchange (CATIE) as an educator and coordinator of treatment advocacy, information and literacy programmes. After leaving CATIE, Craig co-founded the consulting firm Health Hounds focused on organizational development and HIV policy for government, not-for-profit organizations and industry.

Mr. McClure is committed to working to end the AIDS epidemic through approaches that balance investments in research with achieving and sustaining universal access to prevention, treatment and care, and promoting and protecting the rights of people living with and most affected by HIV.