“Better health and stronger WHO” – Dr. Miklós Szócska, candidate for the WHO Director-General position, presented his programme at Semmelweis University

“Better health and stronger WHO” – Dr. Miklós Szócska, candidate for the WHO Director-General position, presented his programme at Semmelweis University

Dr. Miklós Szócska, vice-dean of the Faculty of Health and Public Services and director of the Health Services Management Training Centre has recently been nominated by the Hungarian Government for the position of WHO Director-General. Altogether there are six candidates for this position. In his programme “Better health and stronger WHO” Dr. Szócska emphasizes, among other things, that health should be handled as a top priority at global level. We had the opportunity to take an interview with Dr. Szócska following his introduction at the WHO Western Pacific Committee meeting in Manila and before the audition to be held in Geneva at the beginning of November with the participation of WHO member states. Dr. Szócska also presented his programme in the framework of an interactive consultation at Semmelweis University, which was officially opened by Dr. Ágoston Szél rector and moderated by Dr. Miklós Réthelyi rector emeritus.

This recently elaborated programme points on the topics such as the fight against epidemics, the improvement of health and health-consciousness globally, the recognition, acceptance and implementation of the concept of universal health coverage as well as the WHO reform process.


“My programme proposal is divided into two parts. On the one hand, it deals with how mankind could be globally healthier, and on the other hand how WHO as the UN specified agency in health matters providing technical assistance to its member states could enforce this endeavour. The two parts are connected, since 80 % of the income of WHO comes from voluntary contributions and in case the world organization could be accused of not being prepared enough, for example for epidemics, it could also endanger the stability of its income. One of the top priorities of my programme is the proactive preparations for epidemics, possible new world pandemics. As I see, one of the hottest topics is to calm the world’s population after Ebola and Zika epidemics. Of course, the nation-states have an essential responsibility, yet WHO has a relevant coordinating role and it has to track down whether the required resources are globally available or not. Nowadays, due to the speed-up of travelling everything is interconnected worldwide, thus it is a common aim to continuously ensure an institutionalized resource for risk management.”, expressed Dr. Szócska during the introduction of his programme.

A total of six candidates are competing for the post of director-general of WHO. Besides Dr. Miklós Szócska the other candiates are: Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus (Ethiopia), Dr. Flavia Bustreo (Italy), Dr. Philippe Douste-Blazy (France), Dr. David Nabarro (United Kingdom), Dr. Sania Nishtar (Pakistan).

Read the rest of the media coverage here: http://semmelweis.hu/english/news/2016/11/better-health-and-stronger-who-dr-miklos-szocska-candidate-for-the-who-director-general-position-presented-his-programme-at-semmelweis-university/

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