The United Kingdom-nominated candidate to the post of the director general of the World Health Organisation, David Nabarro, on Sunday sought Bangladesh’s support for his candidature.
David requested Bangladesh authorities, in separate meetings with senior officials of the foreign and health ministries, to vote him to be the new WHO DG and support his candidature during the World Health Assembly, a congregation of 194 member-states of the WHO, in May this year. British High Commission officials were present in the meetings.
David, who worked in Bangladesh in 1982 as a Save the Children expert, is now special adviser to the UN secretary general on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and Climate Change and special representative of the UNSG for food security and nutrition.
‘Bangladesh’s support is important in the WHO election as the country has attained significant achievements in different sectors,’ he said at the British High Commission in Dhaka on Sunday.
David, a medical doctor with 40 years of experience in several organisations and the UN system, said his top three priorities would be to set standard for the WHO to deal with disease outbreaks and health emergencies, to help member states to develop health services and in dealing with non-communicable diseases, and to increase efforts to ensure that people, especially women and children, get the health care they need.
He said he would work to increase WHO’s annual budget, which is now US$2bn, as well as to develop an effective mechanism to provide health services with less funds under a transparent system.
Many WHO member states would also require to address corruption in health spending, he said without mentioning name of any country.
The UK government has been funding David’s campaign expenditure, according to his personal website.
The contract of the current WHO director general would expire on June 30.
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