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Three candidates for WHO leader set out their vision ahead of next week’s election

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Three candidates for WHO leader set out their vision ahead of next week’s election

Next Tuesday, health leaders from across the world will elect the new leader of the World Health Organization (WHO). Today, The BMJ publishes opinion pieces from three final candidates, setting out why they believe they are the right person for the job.

David Nabarro has worked as a doctor, educator, and international civil servant in global health for over 40 years, across more than 50 countries.

He thinks the WHO must change, and says he is “the right person to deliver that change.” He points out that with variable climates, war, and changing lifestyles putting pressure on health, this election could not come at a more critical time. “The WHO must be there to help with these challenges, but to do it effectively, it needs an upgrade and as Director General I will deliver the much needed reforms.”

Read David Nabarro’s piece here:

Sania Nishtar is a Pakistani physician, former federal minister, co-chair of the WHO Commission on Ending Childhood Obesity, and civil society leader in health.

Her vision for a new WHO focuses on the need for WHO to reclaim its primacy and regain the world’s trust as its lead health agency. “I stand on record as a builder and reformer and someone who has demonstrated commitment to transparency and accountability. I will accelerate meaningful reform of the organization, build its foundations, and prioritize its core and exclusive mandates,” she writes.

Read Sania Nishtar’s piece here:

Tedros Adhanom Gheybreyesus is the former minister of health and former minister of foreign affairs of Ethiopia. He is currently minister, special advisor to the prime minister of Ethiopia.

He wants to prove the impossible is possible and will work tirelessly to ensure universal health coverage is and remains a top priority at the highest political levels possible. “We will ensure lessons and experiences–positive and negative–are shared across countries and regions. And we will work in close partnerships with countries and regions to help them tailor their programs to their specific needs.”

Read Tedros Adhanom Gheybreyesus’ piece here:



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