Saima Wazed takes charge as WHO regional director

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BSS :
Newly elected regional director for World Health Organization’s Regional Office for South-East Asia (WHOSEARO) Saima Wazed, a global autism expert, took her charge on Thursday for the next five years.

“Saima Wazed on Thurday took charge as Regional Director, WHOSEARO. In her acceptance speech, she thanked countries for their trust in her and listed some of her top priorities that include mental health, interventions for women and children, and optimizing technology for health,” reads a X Handle post of WHOSEARO.

The member states voted to nominate Saima Wazed to the post during a meeting at the 76th session of the WHO Regional Committee for the South-East Asia Region on January 1, 2024.

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Later, her nomination was approved during the 154 session of the WHO Executive Board held on January 22-27 in Geneva, Switzerland, according to WHO sources.

Saima Wazed replaced Dr Poonam Khetrapal Singh, the outgoing RD of South-East Asia Region of WHO.

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