Soumya Swaminathan, director general of Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), appointed deputy director-general, of World Health Organization (WHO), in Geneva.
This position is the second-highest at the UN’s health agency. The position is also the highest post held by any Indian in the WHO.
This new leadership team in WHO was announced by Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the director-general, who was elected to the post in May 2017.
The second appointment along with Dr. Swaminathan was Jane Ellison, who was Special Parliamentary Adviser to the UK’s Chancellor of the Exchequer, has been appointed as a Deputy Director General for Corporate Operations (DDC), whereas Dr. Swaminathan has been appointed as Deputy Director General for Programmes.
Dr. Swaminathan’s work on TB
• Dr. Swaminathan is a pediatrician and an internationally-recognised researcher on TB (Tuberculosis) and HIV, who has over 30-years of experience in clinical care and research.
• As per the WHO, she also served as Coordinator of the UNDP/ UNICEF/ WHO Special Programme World Bank for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases (TDR) in Geneva from 2009 to 2011.
• Dr. Swaminathan has been a member of several WHO and international advisory bodies, including the WHO specialist Panel to Review Global Strategy (RGS) and Innovation and Intellectual Property, Plan of Action on Public Health, the Strategic and Technical Advisory Group of the Global TB Department at WHO.
• She was also the Co-Chair of the Lancet Commission on TB.