|Associate Professor Dr. Tran Thi Giang Huong __Photo: VNA
The Director General of the World Health Organization (WHO), Tedros Adhanom, has announced five candidates for the position of WHO Regional Director for the Western Pacific for the term 2024-2029, with a candidate from Vietnam - Associate Professor Dr. Tran Thi Giang Huong.
Previously, Vietnamese Minister of Health Dao Hong Lan officially sent a letter to the WHO Director General nominating Huong for the position. This is the first time that Vietnam has a candidate for this important position of WHO.
Huong, born 1968, is an expert in public health and global health with more than 32 years of experience, holding many important positions in the health sector such as Director of the Health Ministry’s International Cooperation Department, Chair of ASEAN Senior Officials' Meeting on Health Development (SOMHD) in the term of 2014-2016, Chair of APEC Health Working Group (2011 - 2012 and 2017 - 2018), Alternate Member of the WHO Executive Board, World Health Assembly (2016 - 2019). From July 2019 to now, Huong is Director of the Disease Control Programs of the WHO Regional Office for the Western Pacific.
The doctor has made important and effective contributions to the cause of public health care and international integration of Vietnam’s health sector, enhancing the role and position of the health sector in the region and in the world.
As Director of the Disease Control Programs of the WHO Regional Office for the Western Pacific, Huong has made important contributions to the prevention and control of COVID-19, infectious and non-communicable diseases, the improvement of mental health and the elimination of malaria in the Greater Mekong Subregion and neglected tropical diseases. She also contributed to the implementation of the expanded vaccination program and many other public health programs.
According to WHO regulations, the candidates will conduct consultations with Member States and then a secret voting will be held to nominate the next Regional Director in a closed meeting during the 74th session of the WHO Regional Committee for the Western Pacific taking place from October 16-20 this year in Manila, the Philippines.
The other candidates for the position are Dr Song Li, proposed by China; Dr Susan Mercado, proposed by the Philippines; Dr Jimmie Rodgers, proposed by Solomon Islands; and Saia Ma’u Piukala, proposed by Tonga.- (VNA/VLLF)