WHO’s Quest for a New Director-General

Last week, the WHO launched a process to find a new Director-General, to take over from Margaret Chan when she steps down next summer.

Under the WHO’s updated rules, designed to improve transparency and fairness in the selection procedures, a Code of Conduct and forums for candidates to interact with Member States are designed to improve transparency and fairness in the selection process.

Helen Branswell for Stat describes 2 likely candidates (to be nominated by 1 or more countries):

  • Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, reportedly the African Union’s pick; he has served as Ethiopia’s MoH and foreign affairs minister, and has chaired the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria, and the Roll Back Malaria Partnership
  • Philippe Douste-Blazy, chair of the executive board of UNITAID and former minister of health and of foreign affairs for France
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