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Three shortlisted candidates bid to lead WHO

BMJ 2017; 356 doi: (Published 27 January 2017) Cite this as: BMJ 2017;356:j478
  1. Anne Gulland
  1. London

The World Health Organization has unveiled its shortlist of candidates in the running to take over from Margaret Chan as its next director general.

The six longlisted candidates gave presentations to WHO’s executive board in Geneva earlier this week and were then whittled down to the final three:

  • Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, special adviser to the Ethiopian prime minister

  • David Nabarro, from the UK, special adviser to the United Nations secretary general; and

  • Sania Nishtar from Pakistan, founder and president of the non-profit think tank Heartfile.

In May the World Health Assembly will vote to elect the winning candidate, who is due to take up the position on 1 July.

The three candidates gave presentations …

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