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:

The deadline for nominations for WHO’s next Director-General closed last night.   There were rumors of candidates slipping in under the wire but the WHO will not announce the official list of candidates until later today. Politico reports one possible candidate: Joe Thomas…

Without an extensive overhaul, the WHO risks repeating the mistakes of its Ebola response—and outsourcing should be a centerpiece of its reform, write Joel Negin of the University of Sydney and Ranu Dhillon of Harvard Medical School. The current direction of reform doesn’t…

D.A. Henderson, a giant in public health and in life who led WHO’s successful global smallpox eradication against immense odds, passed away Friday. He was 87.

The WHO named philanthropist and former mayor of New York City Michael R. Bloomberg Global Ambassador for Noncommunicable Diseases (NCDs). In the honorary role, Bloomberg will work with leaders worldwide to address the burden of NCDs and injuries, mobilizing national and…

The public health community lost a giant last week: Harrison Spencer, MD, MPH, president of the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health (ASPPH). A veteran of the WHO and the CDC (including its Epidemic Intelligence Service), Spencer served as dean of the…

WHO is engaged in its own marathon these days: Evaluating the risk of Brazil’s hosting of the Games that will draw a half million athletes and spectators from all over the world. WHO will convene its Emergency Committee on Zika this month to consider the risks of posed by…

Already candidates are jockeying to become the next leader of WHO, even though considerable challenges await Margaret Chan’s successor—and the election won’t take place until next year. In advance of next week’s World Health Assembly in Geneva, Devi Sridhar of Edinburgh…

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:

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…