Zsuzanna Jakab

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"Zsuzsanna Jakab was appointed as WHO Deputy Director-General in 2019 after serving as WHO Regional Director for Europe since 2010. Her portfolio includes WHO’s technical programmes for universal health coverage, the life course, communicable and noncommunicable diseases, healthier populations and antimicrobial resistance, alongside other issues that the Director-General considers appropriate to delegate. A native of Hungary, she has held a number of high-profile national and international public health policy positions in the last three decades.

"Before her election as Regional Director, Dr Jakab served as the founding Director of the European Union's European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) in Stockholm, Sweden. Between 2005 and 2010, she built ECDC into an internationally respected centre of excellence in the fight against infectious diseases. Between 2002 and 2005, Dr Jakab was State Secretary at the Hungarian Ministry of Health, Social and Family Affairs, where she managed the country’s preparations for European Union accession in the area of public health."[1]

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  1. Directors, GAVI Alliance, accessed June 15, 2020.