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The World Health Organisation has a permanent seat on the Gavi Board


The World Health Organisation (WHO), which has a permanent seat on the Gavi Board, is a member of Gavi’s Executive Committee, Governance Committee and the Programme & Policy Committee.

The WHO is represented on the Gavi Board by:

Flavia Bustreo (Representative and Vice Chair)

Assistant Director-General for Family, Women’s and Children’s Health

Flavia BustreoDr Bustreo is Assistant Director-General for Family, Women’s and Children’s Health and previously Director of the Partnership for Maternal, Newborn & Child Health.

Dr Bustreo had assignments at the World Bank and Norway and in country and regional offices of the World Health Organization (WHO) including Sudan, Senegal, Bangladesh, as well as WHO’s EURO office in Copenhagen and headquarters in Geneva. Dr Bustreo’s career in international health has focused on diseases affecting the poor and the disadvantaged. Her work with the WHO focused on child health but also included tuberculosis surveillance and control, particularly multi-drug resistant TB.

Italian by birth, Dr Bustreo has also worked in Italy with local NGOs, setting up primary health care system for refugees in the former Yugoslavia, and assessing the condition of Iraqi children in the aftermath of the Gulf War. Dr Bustreo received a degree in medicine and a postgraduate qualification in rehabilitation medicine from Padua University, Italy, and later obtained a M.Sc. in Communicable Disease Epidemiology from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. Dr Bustreo speaks fluent English, French, Spanish, Portuguese and Italian and has studied Russian and Arabic.


Jean-Marie Okwo-Bele (Alternate)

Director, Department of Immunization, Vaccines and Biologicals

Jean Marie Okwo BeleDr Okwo-Bele has been Director of the WHO Department of Immunization, Vaccines and Biologicals since 2004. He is responsible for strategic direction, coordination and management of normative and programmatic immunisation activities. During his 27 years in public health, Dr Okwo-Bele has worked at country, regional and global levels in support of the expansion of childhood immunisation programmes, contributing to policy formulation, capacity building, programme planning and evaluation, and disease surveillance.

From 1993 to 2002, he directed the Polio Eradication Initiative in Africa, resulting in the reduction of polio endemic countries from 34 to 2. In mid-2000, Dr Okwo-Bele coordinated the development of the WHO/UNICEF Global Immunization Vision and Strategy for 2006-2015, which set a number of immunisation goals and strategies aimed at expanding the benefits of existing and new vaccines to more people.

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