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Who's WHO? Six candidates named for next World Health Organisation chief World Health Organisation


Who's WHO? Six candidates named for next World Health Organisation chief

Posted: 23 Sep 2016 09:49 AM PDT

Ministers and academics from France, Ethiopia, Pakistan, Italy, Hungary and UK will vie to succeed Margaret Chan as director general in July 2017

Six candidates from Africa, Asia and Europe – including one Briton – have been nominated for the position of director general of the World Health Organisation, at a time when experts have emphasised the need for the agency to prove it can be "transparent and accountable" to the public.

The candidates include current and former government ministers and academics. Dr Philippe Douste-Blazy of France, a former health and foreign minister, makes the list, as does Ethiopia's foreign minister – and former health minister – Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.

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