Lydia Saloucou said “After six years as Executive Director, I leave Initiative Privée et Communautaire de lutte contre le VIH/Sida (IPC) to join the IPPF Regional Office in Nairobi as their Team Leader for West and Central Africa. This position is an opportunity to extend and share my experience outside the borders of Burkina Faso whilst always keeping an eye (because my new remit will cover Burkina) on what is happening in my country and in the fields of sexual and reproductive health and HIV which are so dear to me.
“In recent years, IPC has achieved great results thanks to the commitment of a dynamic team, support from technical and financial partners and the confidence and collaboration of active community organisations on the ground. So I leave confident that these achievements will continue to be strengthened under the leadership of the Board and Dr Genevieve Onadja. I thank all those who have supported us and seek their ongoing commitment to the work of IPC. This is not goodbye...”
Alain Manouan, Alliance Regional Manager for West and Central Africa said “Under Lydia’s leadership, IPC has had huge success advocating at the national level for the integration of sexual and reproductive health and HIV programming. She has also highlighted gender issues and drawn attention to the importance of working with women and the value of male involvement in PMTCT programmes.
“She led their successful application for Global Fund Round 10 funding and has since ensured that IPC has achieved great success in their grant implementation. We are sorry to see her go and wish her every success in her new role.”
Lydia is to be replaced by Dr Onadja, the current Programme Director, and Deputy Executive Director at IPC who will be acting Executive Director during the interim period until the recruitment for Lydia’s replacement is completed. A public health physician, Dr Onadja, who joined IPC in 2009, was previously responsible for programme support for people living with HIV and AIDS under the Ministry of Health.
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