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Marc Danzon nominated to second term as WHO Regional Director for Europe

Press release of the WHO Regional Office for Europe

Dr Marc Danzon

Dr Marc Danzon has been nominated to a second five-year term as the World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Director for Europe at this week's session of the WHO European governing body of 52 Member States. Dr Danzon, a French national and the first representative of France to lead a WHO region, announced in February this year that he would run again. No candidate opposed him.

Dr Danzon will formally begin his second term on 1 February 2005. He called the vote on his nomination an endorsement of the WHO Regional Office for Europe's continuing work "to support Member States in better responding to the health needs of their citizens".

Before taking the lead at the WHO Regional Office for Europe back in 2000, Dr Danzon served as director of public health in France's national federation of mutual insurance societies, a non-profit-making organization. During Marc Danzon's first term, the Regional Office has strengthened its collaboration with each of the 52 Member States of the Region to improve their public health policies. He has placed great emphasis on the countries of central and eastern Europe, as well as the newly independent states of the former USSR.

Over the past four years, the WHO European Region has had particular success in promoting health in the Balkan countries; in 2002, the 52 countries of the Region were declared polio-free; and the Region has contributed to global progress in such fields as tobacco control, environment and health, poverty and health, and mental health.

For his second mandate, Dr Danzon will give priority to "helping Member States to strengthen their capacity to respond to health threats; continuing the fight against obesity and noncommunicable diseases; providing health decision-makers with validated and accessible health information; and, of course, contributing to the global fight against HIV/AIDS."

Marc Danzon originates from Toulouse, in France; he is 57, married, a father of two and a grandfather of three.

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