Indian doctor new WHO deputy director-general

Indian doctor new WHO deputy director-general

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NEW DELHI: Dr Soumya Swaminathan, director-general of the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) and secretary to the department of health research, has been appointed the World Health Organisation’s (WHO’s) deputy director general, programmes, in Geneva. This is the second-highest position at the UN agency.

The new WHO leadership team was announced on Tuesday by director-general Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, who was elected to the post in May. “The team represents 14 countries, including all WHO regions, and is more than 60% women, reflecting my deep held belief that we need top talent, gender equity, and a geographically diverse set of perspectives to fulfil our mission to keep the world safe,” Ghebreyesus said.

Swaminathan, widely recognised for her research on tuberculosis, is a renowned paediatrician and clinical scientist. She will replace Dr Anarfi Asamoa-Baah of Ghana, who joined the WHO as a senior policy adviser to the director-general and had served as the assistant director-general of the communicable disease programme and the HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria programme.

Source:ET

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