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    Soumya Swaminathan becomes WHO’s Deputy Director General


    Dr. Soumya Swaminathan, Director General of the Indian Council for Medical Research, has been appointed deputy director general for World Health Organization programs.

    Swaminathan is a pediatrician and is known for her tuberculosis research. This would be the second highest position in the organization, below the Director General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, who completed his term in July.

    Swaminathan has over 30 years of clinical research experience. She was previously director of the National Institute for Tuberculosis Research, Chennai.

    Swaminathan was responsible for the increased focus on tuberculosis research and created a consortium for tuberculosis research in India called "India TB Research and Development Corporation". The Agency aimed to bring together all relevant national and international stakeholders to develop new tools to combat tuberculosis, including drugs, diagnostics and vaccines.

    Swaminathan's father, MS Swaminathan, is considered a pioneer of the Green Revolution in the country.

    Other new appointments to the WHO include the British Jane Ellison, who will serve as Deputy Director General for Corporate Operations. WHO has also appointed 10 new Deputy Director-General.

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