Mrs Myriam Abel, of the Republic of Vanuatu*
, was elected Chairman by the 108th Session of the
Executive Board of the World Health Organization (WHO) for the period
Forty-nine-year old Mrs Abel is from the Republic
of Vanuatu. Since March 1999, Mrs Abel has been Director of Public
Health in Vanuatu’s Ministry of Health. After having completed
nursing studies in 1972, she continued studying midwifery and
paediatric nursing before going on to obtain a diploma in tropical
health from the University of Queensland in Australia. Mrs Abel, who
is a trainer and programme coordinator, has occupied key public health
positions in her country, which she has represented as an expert at
major meetings. She has two children and is the youthful grandmother
of three grandchildren.
Mrs Abel will be assisted by three Vice-Chairmen and two
- Mr J. A. Chowdhury (India).
- Dr B. Sadrizadeh (Islamic Republic of Iran).
- Professor T. Zeltner (Switzerland).
- Dr D. Bodzongo (Congo).
- Dr C. Modeste-Curwen (Grenada).
The Executive Board has 32 members, elected for
their public health expertise. The Board meets twice a year, in
January and immediately after the closure of the World Health
Assembly, generally in May. It is the executive body of the Assembly,
to which it submits the biennial budget and programme of work.
The 109th session of the Executive Board will take
place in Geneva from 14 to 21 January 2002.