Pakistan gets the coveted Vice Chair of WHO Executive Board

May 29, 2015

Islamabad, the 29th May, 2015:- Pakistan on Wednesday was elected as Vice Chair of the prestigious Executive Board of World Health Organization in its meeting held in Geneva-Switzerland.

Pakistan’s election to the top slot of the Global Policy making apex board of World Health Organization is an expression of confidence in the leadership and its ability to play a major role in global health policy and planning.

The Board has 34 members comprising top health experts and senior government representatives. It is the premier policy making forum of the global health arm of the United Nations; World Health Organization. In its executive role, the board ensures that decisions and policies of the World Health Assembly are carried out. The Executive Board also advises the World Health Assembly and provides guidance on diverse health policy, planning and strategic issues.  

Pakistan being the 6th most populous country in the world and largest country in the Eastern Mediterranean Region of the World Health Organization is seen as major player in health policy in the region. The country’s elevation to the position of Vice Chair of the global forum is reflective of growing confidence of the international health fraternity in the country’s health leadership. It may be recalled that recently Pakistan also made it to the Board of Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization (GAVI). Secretary of the Ministry of National Health Services Muhammad Ayub Sheikh was elected to the prestigious board that takes key decisions on policy and financing of vaccination initiatives world-wide.

On the recommendations of Minister for National Health Services Saira Afzal Tarar, Director General Health Dr. Assad Hafeez was Pakistan’s nominee for the important slot in the Executive Board of WHO.

The Executive Board of WHO has two main roles. In its executive role, it ensures that the decisions and policies of the Health Assembly are carried out. In its advisory role, it advises the Health Assembly on any matter the latter may refer to it and provides guidance and directions to the Secretariat.