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HIV & AIDS and Children

About us



Our Vision
UNICEF's vision for a AIDS-free generation is that all children and their families are protected from HIV infection and live free from AIDS.


Our programme staff are based in UNICEF's New York headquarters, and in our offices in 190 countries wordwide. They specialise in HIV prevention, as well as in protection, care and support for babies, children, young people and mothers affected by the virus. Their work includes the theory and practice of ending the epidemic and caring for those it reaches.

Our "Unite for Children, Unite Against AIDS Campaign" is dedicated to reversing the HIV and AIDS epidemic by 2015. The Campaign was launched in 2005 as a worldwide call to action for all those dedicated to the care, treatment and support of children affected by the epidemic. Its work is aligned with UN Millenium Development 6 - ending HIV, Malaria and Tuberculosis.


Craig McClure, Chief of HIV/AIDS Section
Craig McClure is the Chief of HIV/AIDS section at UNICEF headquarters in New York.  In this post, Mr. McClure leads the coordination of UNICEF’s work on HIV and AIDS globally.

Prior to this appointment in December 2011, Mr. McClure served as Coordinator, a.i. and Senior Adviser for HIV/AIDS at the World Health Organization (WHO) in Geneva, where he coordinated the HIV treatment and care team. 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. McClure 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 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, Mr. McClure 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 ending 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. His vision has emphasized the importance of UNICEF’s HIV programming across both decades of a child’s life, from birth through adolescents, all the way to adulthood, in the quest to achieve an AIDS-Free Generation.



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