WHO’s Soumya Swaminathan honoured at AAPI summit

New Delhi, January 8: Former World Health Organization (WHO) Chief Scientist Dr. Soumya Swaminathan was awarded the Prof. P. Brahmayya Sastry and Dr. T. Ravi Raju Distinction Awards for her contributions to the field of medicine.

She was presented with the award at the 16th Annual Global Healthcare Summit hosted by the Association of Indian Physicians (AAPI) in Visakhapatnam on Friday.

For the past two years, Swaminathan, 63, has been known to speak at international media briefings organized by WHO about Covid-19 and other global outbreaks such as monkeypox and Ebola.

Stated that a global pandemic is underway, the world-renowned scientist said: Countries that have invested in primary care over the past decade or two are now reaping the benefits. ”

“Another lesson is the active role of science and scientists. Global collaboration among scientists to advance knowledge so that science continues to inform our response to the pandemic. is encouraging,” she was quoted as saying in an AAPI statement.

A pediatrician from India and a globally recognized researcher on tuberculosis and HIV, the 63-year-old has 30 years of experience in clinical care and research and has contributed research to influential programs throughout her career. I’ve worked to convert to .

From 2015 to 2017, Swaminathan was Chief of Health Research, Government of India and Executive Director of the Indian Medical Research Council. In that role, she brought science and evidence into health policy formulation, built her research capacity in Indian medical schools, and built South-South partnerships in health sciences. From 2009 to 2011 she was also the coordinator of UNICEF, UNDP, World Bank and WHO Special Programs for Tropical Disease Research and Training in Geneva.

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