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ICMR Chief Dr Soumya Swaminathan Appointed WHO Deputy Director General

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Dr Soumya Swaminathan, newly appointed Deputy Director General for Programmes at WHO. (Image courtesy: Google)

Dr Soumya Swaminathan, Director General of the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), has been appointed the Deputy Director General for programmes (DDP) of World Health Organisation (WHO).

The position is the highest post held by an Indian in the WHO.

Dr. Swaminathan has been appointed as Deputy Director General for Programmes and Ms. Jane Ellison has been appointed as a Deputy Director General for Corporate Operations (DDC).

WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, who was elected this year to head the Geneva-based organisation, announced her appointment on Tuesday morning.

A leading medical researcher and health policy expert, Swaminathan will be in-charge of WHO programmes.

About Dr Soumya Swaminathan:

Dr Swaminathan, 58, is a paediatrician and clinical scientist.

She is known for her work on tuberculosis.

She did her MBBS and MD from the Armed Forces Medical College and the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), respectively.

Dr Swaminathan will replace Dr Anarfi Asamoa-Baah from Ghana, who joined 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.

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