Indian regains WHO-SEAR directorship after 44 years

The member nations of the World Health Organization’s South-East Asia Region (SEAR) have chosen Poonam Khetarpal Singh, a former Indian IAS officer, as the regional director of WHO (SEAR). It is after a gap of 44 years that an Indian has been elected for the post. India had last occupied the chair from 1948 to 1968 but has not held it since then.  Singh succeeds Plianbangchang of Thailand, who has served as regional director for 10 years now. She will serve the post for 5 years.

Which are the countries in WHO-SEAR group?

World Health Organization’s South-East Asia Region (SEAR) has 11 nations. They are:

  1. Bangladesh
  2. Bhutan
  3. Democratic People’s Republic of Korea
  4. India
  5. Indonesia
  6. Maldives
  7. Myanmar
  8. Nepal
  9. Sri Lanka
  10. Thailand
  11. Timor-Leste



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