Marijke Wijnroks was appointed the Netherlands’ HIV/AIDS Ambassador on 1 July 2009. She has worked at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs since 1998, her previous position being Senior Adviser on Health and HIV/AIDS. In this capacity she represented the Netherlands in the Global Fund to Fight Aids, Tuberculosis and Malaria. Since 1 July 2011, her position is Deputy Director of the Social Development Department as well as Ambassador for Sexual and Reproductive Health and AIDS. Marijke Wijnroks is a qualified physician and has for many years been involved in the global fight against HIV/AIDS, and other health issues. Before joining the ministry she worked for the Pan American Health Organization in El Salvador (1993-1998), Helen Keller International in Bangladesh (1991-1993) and Médecins Sans Frontières in Southern Sudan and Uganda (1987-1991).