Global Health NOW Features 4-Part Interview With WHO Director-General Candidate Sania Nishtar

Global Health NOW: The Changemaker: WHO DG Candidate Sania Nishtar’s Q&A, Part I
“The next WHO director general needs be a changemaker, a campaigner who can meet with heads of state on critical health issues and persuade them to ‘get it done,’ says Sania Nishtar, one of three finalists in the running to lead the organization. … In a four-part Q&A with GHN, Nishtar discusses what her priorities would be as DG, what needs to change at WHO, the role of politics in global health and the reasons why she should be elected to WHO’s top leadership role. In this first installment, Nishtar shares what she considers her top qualification for the job, confronts the idea that the next DG should be from Africa and explores WHO’s readiness for the next global pandemic…” (Simpson, 3/20).

Global Health NOW: Culture Change: WHO DG Candidate Sania Nishtar’s Q&A, Part II
“…In this second installment of a four-part Q&A with GHN, Nishtar says she has ‘the ability to accelerate reforms, break silos, and speak truth to power … leading on hard issues and making changes in WHO accordingly.’ Progress on these fronts will enhance WHO’s ability to secure sufficient funding, according to Nishtar…” (Simpson, 3/21).

Global Health NOW: The Politics of Global Health: WHO DG Candidate Sania Nishtar’s Q&A, Part III
“…In this third installment of a four-part Q&A with GHN, Nishtar discusses the need to better communicate WHO’s mission, the challenges of resolving trans-border risks, and the need for the organization to develop political clout…” (Simpson, 3/22).

Global Health NOW: Closing Argument: WHO DG Candidate Sania Nishtar’s Q&A, Part IV
“In the final part of GHN’s Q&A with her, Sania Nishtar makes her closing argument for why she should be WHO’s next director general. Nishtar emphasizes her history working in Pakistan’s government as a federal health minister, her ability to ‘speak truth to power,’ her experience founding a civil society organization, and her record of integrity and transparency…” (Simpson, 3/23).

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