The World Health Organization (WHO) has re-appointed Dr. Poonam Khetrapal Singh, as the Regional Director for South-East Asia, which will be her second consecutive five-year term.

Poonam Khetrapal Singh had become the first a woman to lead the WHO Regional Director Office in February 1, 2014, with nominations from 11 member-countries of the southeast Asia region; and on Saturday, the WHO Executive Board members consistently endorsed her reappointment for the post for second consecutive term. Hence, the WHO announced Dr Khetrapal’s appointment as the Regional Director for South-East Asia for next five years.  Congratulating the appointment, WHO Director-General, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, credits her for providing an enthusiastic leadership for improvement in a region that accounts for a quarter of world’s population with struggling statistics of measures to cure diseases.

In the acceptance speech, Dr Khetrapal spoke about laying emphasis on check-listing the ongoing agendas and to promoting a new innovative approach that ensures ‘better’ for the entire South-East Asia region. The outlining and framework for Sustainable Development Goal 3- a WHO ‘triple billion’ target, has her eight regional flagship priority programs inline to WHO’s global goals and health targets. Her prioritized programs carved out result-oriented routes towards global health goals. She proved to be increasingly responsive and liable in prioritizing the epidemiological and demographic challenges that persist and promoted worldly health coverage and robustness in health systems. She strengthened the in-emergency risk management agendas for sustainable development. She also served the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare of the Government of India as an advisor for International Health, Indian Administrative Services, as a Health Secretary of the State of Punjab.