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British candidate to lead WHO visited Uruguay

Dr. David Nabarro met government authorities and expressed his vision for the future of the organisation.

David Nabarro at Uruguay MSP

David Nabarro meeting Uruguay Health Minister

Dr David Nabarro, one of the three candidates for Director General of the World Health Organization (WHO), visited Uruguay 23-24 March. During his stay he met with Health Minister Jorge Basso and Vice Minister Cristina Lustemberg, and with Foreign Minister Rodolfo Nin Novoa, to explain his objectives and his vision for a better WHO, and to hear about Uruguay’s health situation, objectives and challenges. Dr. Nabarro also had the chance to visit Mega Pharma, a pharmaceutical company that operates locally at “Parque de las Ciencias”.

The WHO Director General candidate highlighted Uruguay’s health care system accessibility, its good figures on life expectancy and President Tabaré Vazquez’s achievements in reducing the number of Uruguayan smokers through a no-smoking campaign.

Dr Nabarro’s experience is unrivalled – he has spent over 40 years in international public health as a medical doctor, educator, international public servant and diplomat. He has repeatedly and successfully managed complex global challenges and led the world in responding to crises. He has worked on the frontline, in over 50 countries including Brazil, Nepal and Bangladesh.

At the end of May health ministers of 194 nations will elect the next WHO Director General at their annual assembly in Geneva, Switzerland.

Dr David Nabarro Uruguay visit (subtitulado)

Published 4 April 2017