Director-General (DG) of the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) and secretary, department of health research, is the first Indian to be appointed to the second highest position at the World Health Organization (WHO) in Geneva. Known in particular for her work on tuberculosis, Swaminathan will be taking over her new role as deputy DG, Programmes, at WHO within a few weeks. She spoke to Rohit E David on the challenges facing the world’s apex health body, the problems in Indian healthcare and India’s role in the global health architecture:
What are some of the challenges in front of you as WHO deputy DG?
First of all, the responsibility is huge. The work which WHO’s DG has given me as deputy DG, Programmes, means working across divisions of WHO. My job will be to achieve the goals he has laid out. I see it as a wonderful opportunity. I think I will be able to bring people together, synergise them and focus on some high impact programmes.
You are the daughter of MS Swaminathan, the father of India’s Green Revolution. Will you also usher in a revolution at WHO?
WHO is a huge organisation and I will be playing an important role no doubt as the number two. I would do my best in that post. The position will give me an opportunity to do a lot of good for global health.
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