Soumya Swaminathan

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Deputy Director General for Programmes, WHO

Soumya Swaminathan

Soumya Swaminathan is WHO’s Deputy Director General for Programmes. She is a paediatrician from India and a globally recognised researcher on tuberculosis and HIV, with her 30 years of experience in clinical care and research.

Prior to her current appointment, Dr Swaminathan was Secretary of the Department of Health Research and Director General of the Indian Council of Medical Research. From 2009 to 2011, she also served as Coordinator of the UNICEF/UNDP/World Bank/WHO Special Programme for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases (TDR) in Geneva. She has sat on several WHO and global advisory bodies and committees, including the WHO Expert Panel to Review Global Strategy and Plan of Action on Public Health, Innovation and Intellectual Property, the Strategic and Technical Advisory Group of the Global TB Department at WHO, and as Co-Chair of the Lancet Commission on TB.

Dr Swaminathan received her academic training in India, the United Kingdom , and the USA, and has published more than 250 peer-reviewed publications and book chapters.

 

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