World Health Organization names Sir Jeremy Farrar as Chief Scientist, Dr Amelia Latu Afuhaamango Tuipulotu as Chief Nursing Officer

WHO has announced that Dr Jeremy Farrar will become its new Chief Scientist. Currently Director of the Wellcome Trust, Dr Farrar will join WHO in the second quarter of 2023.

Dr. Amelia Latu Afuhaamango Tuipulotu becomes WHO’s Chief Nursing Officer. Formerly the Minister of Health of the Kingdom of Tonga, and before that the Chief Nursing Officer of Tonga, Dr. Tuipulotu will join WHO in the first quarter of 2023.

As WHO’s Chief Scientist, Dr Farrar will lead the Science Division, bringing together the best minds in science and innovation from around the world to develop and deliver services. high quality healthcare to those who need it most, no matter who they are, no matter where they are. alive.

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Dr Farrar is a clinical scientist who, before joining Wellcome in 2013, spent 17 years as Director of the Clinical Research Center at the Hospital for Tropical Diseases in Viet Nam where his research projects focused on the health of the world and dealing with new infectious diseases.

Under Dr Farrar, Wellcome has increased its global focus, focusing on funding research projects that change the understanding of life, health and well-being, and support solutions science to address three urgent challenges: infectious disease, mental health, and the effects of climate change on health.

Dr Farrar is a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences UK, European Molecular Biology Organization (EMBO), the National Academies USA and a Fellow of The Royal Society.

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As WHO’s Chief Nurse Officer, Dr. Tuipulotu will champion, nurture and support nurses and midwives to ensure that their skills and experience are put to good use to strengthen health systems and strengthen their important role in bringing together patients, communities and national health systems. .

In 2019 Dr Tuipulotu became Tonga’s first female Minister of Health, until December 2021. From 2014 to 2019, she served as Tonga’s Chief Nursing Officer. Previously, she was the Director of Nursing at Vaiola Hospital, the nation’s leading referral hospital. He was the first Tongan to receive a Ph.D. in nursing. In 2019, he was appointed Associate Professor at the University of Sydney.

From May 2020 to December 2022, Dr. Tuipulotu is a member of the WHO Executive Board; he was elected EB Rapporteur in 2020.

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WHO Director-General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said: “I am delighted that Jeremy and Amelia will join WHO at a critical time in global public health when invest in health workers and science to strengthen health systems and to improve and prevent. As Chief Scientist, Jeremy will accelerate our work to ensure that WHO, its Member States and our partners from science, life-saving and innovation. As a Chief Nurse, Amelia will address the great needs, not just to fill the vacancies of healthcare workers around the world. but to ensure that they receive the necessary support.


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