The 6 candidates running for director-general of the WHO better defined their visions of the future of the WHO—and global health—in Q&As with The Lancet’s Richard Horton and Udani Samarasekera, sharing overlapping priorities but differing approaches:
- Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, of Ethiopia, shares the 5 priorities he’d adopt as director-general—including advancing universal health care and improving our understanding of the health effects of climate change.
- Flavia Bustreo, of Italy, sums up her vision in 5 words that she says are “charged with so much meaning and power for global health:” Equity, Rights, Responsiveness, Evidence, and Partnership.
- Philippe Douste-Blazy, of France, offers an agenda he says will be focused on reform, responsiveness, and results.
- David Nabarro, of the UK, would emphasize alignment with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs); amping up the WHO’s capacity to respond to outbreaks and health emergencies; building trusted engagement with member states; and advancing people-centred health policies.
- Sania Nishtar, of Pakistan, says she wants to help usher in an era of renewal, centered on her conviction that the WHO can rebuild trust and relevancy by emphasizing accountability and results-based leadership.
- Miklós Szócska, of Hungary would emphasize efforts to make health a global political economic and financial priority, despite the difficult challenges of global economic crisis, fiscal austerity, and regional conflicts—a feat that he says will require us to “…break out of the inbreeding of our internal professional wish-lists.”