WHO fills three key posts

BMJ 1998; 317 doi: (Published 24 October 1998) Cite this as: BMJ 1998;317:1100
  1. Adrea Mach
  1. Geneva

    The World Health Organisation (WHO) has announced three key appointments: the project managers for the two top priority cabinet projects--the Tobacco Free initiative and the Roll Back Malaria project--and the director of public relations.

    “These are the first three director level posts that have been publicly advertised,” said the organisation's senior policy adviser, Denis Aitken “This marks a break with the past,” he said, “opening up the WHO to external candidates, especially qualified women.” Of the three appointments, two were external, and one of these was a woman.

    Derek Yach, a South African epidemiologist, has been acting project manager of the Tobacco Free initiative since July and has now been confirmed by the WHO's director general for a three …

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