The WHO DG election is an important geo-political race as it comes at a time when there is concern over slashing of global aid and multilateral funding.

By Vidya Krishnan (The Hindu) |

India likely to vote in favor of Ethiopia’s Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus in the upcoming election of the next Director General of global public health body World Health Organization (WHO).

The crucial election will decide the fate of the public health body which has suffered after gross mishandling of the Ebola outbreak, where WHO was too slow and ineffective to respond the outbreak, leading to 11,000 preventable deaths.

After closed door sessions at the WHO Executive Board meeting in January, WHO released names of three director-general (WHO DG) nominees: Ethiopia’s Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Pakistan’s Sania Nishtar, and Britain’s David Nabarro.

Dr. Tedros is the former foreign affairs and health minister, Ethiopia. David Nabarro, was the special advisor to Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on sustainable development, United Kingdom and third candidate Dr. Nishtar is the former health minister of Pakistan.

The WHO DG election is an important geo-political race as it comes at a time when there is concern over slashing of global aid and multilateral funding. According to an article in the British Medical Journal (BMJ), the Ebola epidemic brought ‘unprecedented attention’ to the WHO and its deficiencies- and the “fundamental challenges in terms of structure, governance and prioritization of political considerations”.

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