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Anurita Bains

Country Representative, UNICEF Lesotho
Anurita Bains

Ms. Anurita Bains is a seasoned global, public-health advisor, manager and expert communicator, experienced at senior levels of policy-making and executive leadership. Ms. Baines has over ten years practical experience in health programme design, implementation and management accompanied by senior advisory functions in HIV/AIDS and cross-sectoral programming, with particular expertise on women’s health and children’s rights. She has also nurtured excellent relations with public‐health stakeholders internationally, from government leaders to grassroots communities. She is consistently motivated by a vision and commitment to gender equality and a world free of AIDS and is very passionate about children’s rights particularly their access to health and education.

Ms. Bains recently joined UNICEF Lesotho as the Country Representative. Prior to this engagement she was the UNICEF Regional Advisor for HIV/AIDS covering Eastern and Southern Africa. During this tenure, she provided leadership to country offices in Eastern and Southern Africa and ensured strategic management of HIV/AIDS programmes in the region.

Ms. Bains has also served as the Country Director for the Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI) in Rwanda and as Senior Advisor to the Executive Director of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. During this period she led efforts to mobilise $100-million in support of Eastern and Southern African countries efforts in prevention of mother to child transmission of HIV/AIDS.  She also contributed to the development and implementation the Global Fund’s Gender Strategy.  

From 2002-2007, Ms. Bains supported the work of the Secretary General Kofi Annan’s Envoy for HIV/AIDS in Africa. As part of the United Nations Secretary General’s Envoy team she advocated for attention, resources and scale up for the AIDS response in Africa. She has also worked at UNAIDS Geneva as Programme Management Coordinator in the office of the Deputy Executive Director.

Ms. Bains has lived and worked in South Africa, supporting Nelson Mandela and Graça Machel efforts related to the Global Movement for Children, as well the Government of South Africa. She currently sits on the Board Trustee of the Graça Machel Trust. Prior to her work in the region, Ms. Bains was a print and TV journalist in Canada, where she was twice nominated for the National Magazine Awards.

She holds a Master of Management from the University of the Witwatersrand in South Africa, and also graduated with Honours from the University of Toronto.

Ms. Bains’s is an avid reader and enjoys cooking, yoga and hiking.