Ameen Qudir

Published:
2019-03-10 10:11:44 BdST

অভিনন্দনবিশ্ব স্বাস্থ্য সংস্থার প্রধান বিজ্ঞানী হিসেবে নিয়োগ পেলেন ডা. সৌম্যা


 


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ডা. সৌম্যা স্বামীনাথন বিশ্ব স্বাস্থ্য সংস্থার প্রধান বিজ্ঞানী হিসেবে নিয়োগ পেয়েছেন। এর আগে তিনি শীর্ষ তিন ডেপুটি ডাইরেক্টর জেনারেলের একজন ছিলেন।
তিনি উপমহাদেশের প্রথিতযশ চিকিৎসক। তিনি আর্মড ফোর্সেস মেডিকেল কলেজ থেকে এমবিবিএস করেন। পরে নয়াদিল্লীর অল ইন্ডিয়া ইনস্টিটিউট অব মেডিকেল সাইন্সেস এআইআইএমএস : এইমস থেকে এমডি করেন। তার জন্ম ১৯৫৯ সালে। তার জন্ম দক্ষিণ ভারতের চেন্নাইয়ে।

Dr Soumya Swaminathan appointed as Chief Scientist at WHO


As part of its ‘sweeping reforms’ the World Health Organisation (WHO) has named Dr Soumya Swaminathan as the organisation’s Chief Scientist in a new department. She was formerly the Deputy Director General of Programs of the WHO and incidentally was the first Indian to have held this position. Taking over for Dr Soumya will be the WHO’s current Region Director from WHO Europe, Zsuzsanna Jakab.

Dr Soumya, was one of three Deputy Director Generals (DDG) who assisted the WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus. Her new role of Chief Scientist has been specifically created for her by the Director. She will be based out Geneva.

“What will be announced today will be the result of your ideas. For the past 18 months, they (WHO officials) have been relentless in conducting a root-and-branch examination of what we do, why we do it, and how we can do it better,” Director Ghebreyesus reportedly said.

“This newly created position of chief scientist will give me an opportunity to strengthen WHO's core normative work, promote research on public health priorities and strengthen health research capacity in countries including on ethics, and accelerate access to digital technologies to improve health,” Dr Soumya said to the Mint.

The WHO’s new division will focus on digital health and innovation in order to stay on par with latest scientific and digital advances in the realm of healthcare.

Dr Soumya was born in Chennai on May 2 1959 to MS Swaminathan, the ‘Father of the Green Revolution’ and Indian educationist, Mina Swaminathan. She completed her MBBS from Armed Forces College and subsequently pursued an MD at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences. She also completed a postdoctoral fellowship in paediatric pulmonology from the University of Southern California’s Keck School of Medicine in the US. She has worked extensively on tuberculosis and HIV related research and awareness programs.

In October 2017, Dr Soumya joined the WHO and was made the DDGP.

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