The Transition

  • Michael Merson
  • Stephen Inrig


This chapter describes the decisions involved in appointing Michael Merson as the new Director of the Global Programme on AIDS (GPA), and the evolution of his career that brought him to the position. The global AIDS community reacted strongly to Jonathan Mann’s resignation and Merson’s appointment. Some viewed it as an attempt by World Health Organization (WHO)’s Director-General Hiroshi Nakajima to shift the focus of GPA away from Mann’s human rights approach to a more biomedical one. After assuming leadership of the program, Merson was faced with the task of addressing GPA’s budget, developing its priorities, and managing both internal and external evaluations, all while delivering on the donors’ expectations for the program.


Michael Merson Jonathan Mann Hiroshi Nakajima Global Programme on AIDS Budget Program priorities Donors 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Michael Merson
    • 1
  • Stephen Inrig
    • 2
  1. 1.Duke Global Health InstituteDuke UniversityDurhamUSA
  2. 2.Mount Saint Mary’s UniversityLos AngelesUSA

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