Soumya Swaminathan named chief scientist at WHO

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Soumya Swaminathan, a Deputy Director-General of the World Health Organisation has been named Chief Scientist of the WHO. As Deputy Director-General Programmes (DDP), she was one of the three DDGs assisting WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.

Soumya Swaminathan :

Soumya Swaminathan is an Indian Paediatrician and Clinical Scientist known for her work in Tuberculosis.On 3 October 2017, she has been appointed as the Deputy Director General of Programmes (DDP) at the World Health Organization by the Director General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.Most recently, she has been working as Secretary, Department of Health Research – Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India, and Director General of Indian Council of Medical Research the apex body in India for the formulation, coordination and promotion of Biomedical research.

World Health Organization :

The World Health Organization (WHO) is a specialized agency of the United Nations that is concerned with international public health. It was established on 7 April 1948, and is headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland. The WHO is a member of the United Nations Development Group. Its predecessor, the Health Organisation, was an agency of the League of Nations.

The constitution of the World Health Organization had been signed by 61 countries on 22 July 1946, with the first meeting of the World Health Assembly finishing on 22 July 1946. It incorporated the Office International d’Hygiène Publique and the League of Nations Health Organization.