Soumya Swaminathan is WHO chief scientist

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  1. Soumya Swaminathan has been named as the Chief Scientist in a newly created Chief Scientists department in WHO. The Chief Scientists division has been created to strengthen WHO’s core scientific work and ensure the quality and consistency of WHO’s norms and standards.
  2. Swaminathan was one of the three the Deputy Director-General of the WHO. She was the first Indian to hold the position at WHO.
  3. The World Health Organization (WHO) is a specialized agency of United Nations. Its primary role is to direct and coordinate international health within the United Nations system. The World Health Assembly is the decision-making body of WHO.