The World Health Organization celebrates its 140º Executive Board meeting in Geneva within January 23rd and February 1st . According to the WHO, the Executive Board is composed of 34 persons who are technically qualified in the field of health, each elected for three-years terms and designated by a Member State that has been elected to serve by the World Health Assembly. Hilda Dávila Chavez, Director General of International Relations in the Health Ministry of Mexico City, represents Mexico on the Board.
The main objectives of this meeting is the nomination of three candidate for the General Director position of the WHO, from which one will be finally elected by the World Health Assembly on May. After serving as Director for 10 years -two consecutive terms-, Margaret Chan will leave the position next June.
On January 25, the Executive Board elected as candidates Tedros Adhanom from Etiopia, Sania Nishtar from Pakistán and David Nabarro from the UK.
The region representatives will also discuss during the summit administrative, technical and financial issues such as collaboration with non-governmental agents, human resources, sanitary emergencies, lack of vaccines and drugs and the application of the International Sanitary Guidelines. Some highlighted topics will be the promotion health within immigrant population, non-transmittable diseases, dementia and children obesity.
Another objective of the meeting is to establish the agenda and budget for the year 2017.