India To Lead WHO Executive Board

India has been added to the Executive Board of the World Health Organization. On top of that, in the recent World Health Assembly meeting, India’s Dr. Harsh Vardhan was appointed Executive Board’s chairman.

Crux of the Matter

India’s Inclusion In The Board
In the 73rd World Health Assembly (WHA) of the World Health Organization, India was elected to the Executive Board (EB) of WHO on 19 May 2020. Besides India, the other new members elected were Botswana, Colombia, Ghana, Guinea-Bissau, Madagascar, Oman, Republic of Korea, Russia, and the United Kingdom. The members are elected on a 3-year basis.

What Is The Executive Board?
WHO’s EB comprises of 34 nations, with each nation providing a “technically qualified” representative to the board. The EB’s primary aim is to implement WHA policies, advise the WHO, and facilitate the working functions. Every year, the EB holds 2 meetings. The first occurs in January, and the second occurs after the WHA.

India At The Helm
Besides the recent inclusion, India also saw the election of its senior minister Dr. Harsh Vardhan as the Chairman of the WHO Executive Board. He would replace Dr. Hiroki Nakatani of Japan. In WHO, the Chairman position rotates annually in the selected regional group. Dr. Harsh Vardhan currently occupies the following offices in India: Ministry of Health and Welfare, Ministry of Sciences, Ministry of Science and Technology.

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