Philippe Douste-Blazy, candidate to the WHO Director-General position [fr]

Professor Philippe Douste-Blazy is France’s candidate to succeed Margaret Chan, Director-General of the World Health Organization, who will not stand for re-election in 2017.


Philippe Douste-Blazy, a cardiologist and professor at the University of Paris VII and Harvard, twice served as minister of health. He also served as minister of culture and minister of foreign affairs, as well as mayor of Toulouse, France’s fourth largest city, and former president of the Urban Community.

He is the founder and chairman of the Executive Board of UNITAID, the international drug purchase facility, and also serves as under secretary-general of the United Nations, special advisor to the secretary-general on innovative financing.


During his working visit to Singapore in June, Professor Douste-Blazy met with Minister for Health, Mr GAN Kim Yong and with several representatives from the health sector in Singapore such as the Institute of Infectious Diseases and Epidemiology.


For more information on Mr Douste-Blazy’s candidacy for the post of Director-General of the World Health Organization, visit his official website:

Dernière modification : 02/08/2016

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