Naravane appointed as first PR director for WHO

United Nations agency the World Health Organisation has appointed former journalist Vaiju Naravane as its director of public relations.

United Nations agency the World Health Organisation has appointed

former journalist Vaiju Naravane as its director of public

relations.



Naravane’s post is new and comes as recently-appointed WHO director

general Gro Harlem Brundtland restructures the organisation. Naravane

will report to the director general’s office and be responsible for the

organisation’s 20 media relations and public information staff in its

Geneva headquarters.



Media relations and public information were previously the

responsibility of health promotion, education and communication director

Ilona Kickbusch, who left in August. Her responsibilities have been

split between Naravane and a post which has yet to be filled.



Naravane joins the organisation from India’s leading English language

daily newspaper, Hindu, where she was the Paris-based correspondent for

southern and eastern Europe for three years. She was previously

correspondent for the Times of India and a freelance radio producer and

editorial writer for UN agency UNESCO for eight years.



WHO was created 50 years ago with a mandate to improve world health.



Since Brundtland took over as director general earlier this year, the

organisation has launched two initiatives: Roll Back Malaria, which will

fight malaria in Africa, and the worldwide Tobacco Free Initiative.



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