Candidate Field For WHO Director General To Be Narrowed Down From 6 To 3 This Week

ScienceInsider: Wanted: A leader for the toughest job in global health
“Global health watchers will pay close attention to Geneva, Switzerland, on Wednesday, when the World Health Organization (WHO) will announce the final three candidates to take the agency’s top job. The decision by WHO’s Executive Board, made up of representatives of 34 member states, follows months of behind-the-scenes jockeying, campaigning by the candidates, and intense speculation. It will be followed in May by a final vote by WHO’s 194 member states…” (Kupferschmidt, 1/23).

STAT: A guide to the selection of the new head of the World Health Organization
“…If you haven’t been paying much attention up until now, you’re not alone. With Brexit and the U.S. election, this campaign has been getting little attention. So let’s explore the three Ps — the people, the process, and the predictions. … Four Europeans, one African, and one South Asian are vying to succeed Dr. Margaret Chan, whose second term as WHO director general ends on June 30. (Directors general can only serve two five-year terms. Chan, who was nominated by China, served a little longer because her predecessor, J.W. Lee of South Korea, died before his term ended.)…” (Branswell, 1/23).

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