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PLOS Blogs Opinion Series Discusses Who Should Fill Role Of Next WHO Director General

PLOS Blogs’ “Your Say”: Opinion: Who should lead WHO (Pt 1 of 3)? Dr. Tedros, nominee of the Government of Ethiopia.
Zaeem UI Haq, health adviser with Save the Children, discusses the credentials of the three candidates for WHO director general and writes, “Tedros [Adhanom Ghebreyesus] stands out as the most promising candidate to lead the World Health Organization at this crucial time … My top three reasons reflect the facts that: He has spearheaded the health sector reform in his country and provid[ed] exemplary leadership over the past decade; [h]e has galvanized bilateral and multi-sectoral partnerships that culminated in his country achieving the Millennium Development Goal for child survival; [h]e has forged regional partnerships and [is] generating global momentum for accelerating sustainable development” (4/5).

PLOS Blogs’ “Your Say”: Opinion: Who should lead WHO (pt 2 of 3)? Why I support Pakistan’s “Great Reformer”
Fareed Minhas, head of the Institute of Psychiatry at the Rawalpindi General Hospital and director of the WHO Collaborating Centre for Mental Health Research, Training, and Substance Abuse in Pakistan, discusses WHO director general candidate Sania Nishtar’s qualifications for the role, highlighting several of her achievements in global health, including her leadership in developing Pakistan’s national plan on noncommunicable diseases and reforming the country’s health sector. Minhas writes, “The current scale of the global health challenges should not be underestimated but I have no doubt that Sania would hit the ground running and accelerate the WHO agenda so that it’s reputation is restored and more importantly, it’s truly fit for purpose” (4/17).

PLOS Blogs’ “Your Say”: Opinion: Who should lead WHO (Pt. 3 of 3)? Dr. David Nabarro, “a frontline clinician and global health leader”
Rashid A. Chotani, professor in the Department of Epidemiology at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, executive director of the MCC Medical Clinic, senior fellow at the Potomac Institute for Policy Studies, and adjunct professor at George Washington University, discusses WHO director general candidate David Nabarro’s qualifications for the role, writing, “Dr. Nabarro is a truly global leader who puts the needs and aspirations of people above all other considerations. His ‘catalytic approach’ will improve relevance and realism, impact and efficiency in all of WHO’s work. … I urge all nation states to support the best candidate, Dr. David Nabarro” (5/1).

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