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Monday, 21st November 2016
Uganda has decided to front Dr. Warren Naamara for the post of Commissioner, Social Affairs, for African Union Commission.

Dr. Warren Naamara is currently the UNAIDS Country Director for Tanzania. A Ugandan Public Health Physician and Infectious Diseases Epidemiologist with well over 25 years' experience working on HIV/AIDS prevention in East, Southern, Central and West Africa. Graduated from Makerere University Medical School, Uganda, started his career as a medical Officer in rural hospitals in Uganda in 1980; later moved to do research on STDs and HIV in the Kenya Medical Research institute (KEMRI) and then post Graduate at the Nairobi University Medical School.

In 1987 he moved back to Uganda as the National AIDS Control programme epidemiologist setting up all the epidemiological networks for surveillance and population surveys. Later on he became the Director of the Uganda National AIDS Control Programme in Uganda, a position in which he was the expert adviser to President Museveni on issues of HIV/AIDS prevention. In 1994 he joined FHI under the AIDSCAP Programme as the Resident Adviser in Zimbabwe on HIV/AIDS programmes.

After the war and genocide, he moved to Rwanda to work as the World Bank long Term Management expert adviser for restructuring and re-organizing the health services destroyed during the  war including redevelopment of HIV/AIDS Prevention and Population management Programmes before joining UNAIDS in the same Country for a brief period in 2008. Dr. Naamara moved to Kenya as UNAIDS Country coordinator in Kenya for next 5 years after which he was transferred to Ghana for another 5 years. Subsequently he was reassigned to Nigeria in the same position and representing UNAIDS at the ECOWAS Secretariat in Abuja on a promotion to a Director level in UNAIDS for four years, before being assigned to Ethiopia in the same position.

Dr. Warren Naamara graduated from Makerere University Medical School in Uganda and later to Nairobi University for infectious diseases training and a Master in Public Health. He has several publications in a number of peer reviewed journals and holds a number of management and other post graduate qualifications from the University of Toronto, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, the University of California at San Francisco in the Center for Aids Prevention studies (CAPS) and University of Leicester UK.

The official campaign for Dr. Naamara’s candidature shall be run under the auspices of the AU Department African Union Department and Uganda’s Permanent Mission to the African Union in Addis Ababa. Speaking from his office at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Mr Simon P.A. Ajiku, Head of AU Department expressed the greatest confidence in Dr. Namaara’s credentials, describing the candidate as the best qualified for the job. "Uganda holds its role in the AU as well as the AU Organization in the highest regard and considers it a great honor to present someone of Dr. Naamara’s caliber for this position”.

Elections will take place during the forthcoming AU-Summit January 2017 in Addis Ababa. Uganda's candidate will compete against candidates from Zimbabwe, Sudan, Sierra Leone, Burundi and Malawi.
Dr. Naamara is a cattle rancher and married with four children.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs will be using the Twitter hashtag #Warren4AUC for the promotion of this campaign.

Source: Uganda Embassy Abuja-Nigeria