The election of the WHO Director-General is almost as time-consuming as the US presidential election. 3 candidates are already in, and the World Health Assembly won’t decide on the winner until May 2017.
A brisk Lancet commentary surveys top 3 candidates:
• Philippe Douste-Blazy, a two-term Minister of Health and later foreign minister of France.
• Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Ethiopia's Minister of Foreign Affairs and former MOH.
• Sania Nishtar, Pakistan's former MOH and a civil society leader.
The Lancet piece ends with a rousing call for an active final 12 months from current DG Margaret Chan: “Now is her best moment to make WHO the supremely radical voice for health equity and social justice it should be.”
If you’re all into WHO DG issues, you gotta read Crawford Kilian’s take on what the WHO DG is up against (“macho jerks”). And he offers up a surprise nominee for DG. (Hint: Someone looking for a job next January 20.)
Want to throw your hat in the ring? The deadline for member states to nominate candidates is September 22.