WHO Science Council discuss innovations in science and technology relevant for Global Health

30 July 2022

CAPRISA’s Professor Salim Abdool Karim, Member of the WHO Science Council participated in the WHO Science Council in-person meeting held on 11-12 July in Geneva. 

Dr Tedros Ghebreyesus, Director General of the WHO addressed the meeting highlighting the central importance of science in the work of the WHO. The meeting discussed the WHO Global Health foresight initiative focusing on innovations and guiding principles for a new model of global health R&D. Opportunities for collaboration with International Science Council were explored as well.

At the end of the meeting, the Director-General formally released the WHO Science Council’s first report, which focused on the importance of Genomics. Science Council members participated in the roundtable discussions to share ideas on innovations in science and technology relevant for Global Health over the next 5 to 20 years. 

Photo: (L-R) Professor Harold Varmus, Lewis Thomas University Professor of Medicine at the Meyer Cancer Center of Weill Cornell Medicine, USA; Dr Soumya Swaminathan, Chief Scientist  WHO;  Prof Jean William (Bill) Pape Director and Founder of GHESKIO, Haiti; Prof Salim Abdool Karim, Director CAPRISA;  Prof Adeeba Kamarulzaman, Professor of Medicine & Infectious Diseases, University of Malaya; &  Dr Yongyuth Yuthavong Senior Specialist, National Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology, NSTDA, Thailand