Dr. Tharcisse Barihuta joined UNAIDS in 2009 as the first UNAIDS Country Coordinator in Djibouti and was appointed UNAIDS Country Director in Namibia in August 2013. Under Dr Tharcisse Barihuta, the UNAIDS office and UN joint Team on HIV/AIDS in Djibouti were established. Through the UN Joint Programme of Support on HIV/AIDS response Djibouti and Namibia have done a lot of progress by organising better the National response based on evidence and resources were mobilised and better used.The main responsibilities for UNAIDS Country Director are 1. Provide strategic guidance and advocacy for better plannification of National response 2. Advocate for political commitment and civil society participation particularly people living with HIV/AIDS and 3. mobilise technical, financial resources for better implementation of HIV/AIDS response.Dr. Tharcisse Barihuta is a Medical Doctor, Internal medicine specialist, Tropical disease, HIV/AIDS and Public health specialist with nearly 20 years’ experience in the AIDS response. His engagement ranges from providing medical care to people living with HIV in 1990s for ten years in different hospitals and in Management of Health programmes related to Communicable diseases particularly Malaria and HIV/AIDS response in his Native Country – BURUNDI. Before joining UNAIDS, Dr.
Tharcisse Barihuta serves in various capacity at National and International levels. He was an International Consultant working with Global Fund against AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, supporting Djibouti Government since 2006 until 2009. Prior to this, Dr. Tharcisse Barihuta was the Technical Director of BURUNDI National Council against HIV/AIDS , overseeing strategic direction and assisting the Minister in Charge of HIV/AIDS response under the coordination of the State House in implementing BURUNDI HIV/AIDS Response. He had also participated in development and implementation of Great Lakes initiative on HIV/AIDS involving six countries of Central and East African Countries namely Burundi, DRC, Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda and Tanzania. The initiative helped the six countries to strengthen access to HIV/AIDS services for mobiles, refugees and populations living around different cross borders. Born, raised and educated in Burundi and in France, Dr. Tharcisse Barihuta completed his medical studies at the Medical School in Burundi University. He holds a PHG in Internal medicine and a degree in tropical diseases and HIV/AIDS from the University of Bordeaux 2 in France and a MPH from University of Nancy in France. He speaks French, English, Swahili and Kirundi.