Jakab to continue as WHO regional director for Europe

Zsuzsanna Jakab was elected to a second term as the WHO Regional Director for Europe | Courtesy of the WHO

The World Health Organization (WHO) announced Tuesday that its executive board has selected Zsuzsanna Jakab to continue in her role as the regional director for Europe.

Jakab was nominated by health ministers from the European Regional Committee representing 53 nations. Her second, five-year term will begin in February.

“In my second mandate, I will give priority to linking health to sustainable development in order to ensure greater equity in health in the European region," Jakab said. "It is not only about making health better, it’s about ensuring more equitable and sustainable health for Europe."

Jakab has served as the regional director for Europe since 2010. During her first term, she and the member states of the region made progress in measures that improved the quality of health care.

Prior to her WHO appointment, Jakab served on the European Union's (E.U.) European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) in Stockholm. During her tenure, she helped make the ECDC an internationally renown facility in combating and managing infectious disease.

Prior to that, she served as the state secretary for the Hungarian Ministry of Health, Social and Family Affairs, where Jakab was involved in her home country's accession into the E.U. and played a key role in bringing the Fourth WHO Ministerial Conference on Environment and Health to Budapest in 2004.

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