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Soumya Swaminathan to take charge as Deputy Director-General of WHO

With over 30 years of experience in clinical care and research, 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.

Nov 27, 2017 12:24 IST
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Soumya Swaminathan, Chief of Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), will take charge as the Deputy Director-General for Programmes (DDP) of World Health Organization (WHO) in Geneva in December 2017. The announcement was made on 26 November 2017.

Her appointment as the Deputy Director-General of WHO elevates India's stature globally as it is the second-highest position in the WHO.

Swaminathan, a pediatrician by training, is daughter of agriculture scientist M S Swaminathan, who is hailed as the father of the 'Green Revolution'.

About Soumya Swaminathan
• Swaminathan is an internationally-recognised researcher on Tuberculosis (TB) and HIV.
• With over 30 years of experience in clinical care and research, 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.
• She has also been a member of the Strategic and Technical Advisory Group of the Global TB Department at WHO.
• She served as the Coordinator of the UNDP/ UNICEF/ WHO Special Programme World Bank for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases (TDR) in Geneva from 2009 to 2011.
• She was also the Co-Chair of the Lancet Commission on TB.

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