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Candidates Announced for Election of Next WHO Regional Director for South-east Asia Region

The names of the candidates for the election of the next Regional Director for World Health Organization South-East Asia Region were sent by WHO Director-General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus to the relevant Member States on 18 August 2023.

The candidates are:

  • Ms Saima Wazed, nominated by Bangladesh
  • Dr Shambhu Prasad Acharya, nominated by Nepal

The Regional Committee of WHO South-East Asia Region will vote to nominate the next Regional Director in a closed meeting during its seventy-sixth session from 30 October to 2 November, in New Delhi, India.

The nomination will then be submitted for appointment by the 154th session of the WHO Executive Board, which takes place from 22 to 27 January 2024 in Geneva, Switzerland.

The newly appointed Regional Director will take office on 1 February 2024 for a five-year term and be eligible for reappointment once.

Notes to editors

Working with 194 Member States across six regions, WHO is the United Nations specialized agency responsible for directing and coordinating international health work.

The Regional Director is the head of the regional office.

The Regional Committee is composed of the Member States of the Region and meets annually to agree on health actions and chart priorities for the work of WHO in the Region.

The WHO South-East Asia Region is home to over 2 billion people, a quarter of the world’s population.

The WHO Executive Board is composed of 34 members who each serve a three-year term. They are each designated by their WHO region: seven from the African Region; six from the Region of the Americas; five from the Eastern Mediterranean Region; eight from the European Region; three from the South-East Asia Region; and five from the Western Pacific Region.

Source : World Health Organization