Soumya Swaminathan appointed Principle Advisor at Health Ministry

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Soumya Swaminathan

Former chief scientist of the World Health Organization Prof. (Dr.) Soumya Swaminathan has been appointed as the Principle Advisor at the Union health ministry for the National Tuberculosis Elimination Programme. She will provide technical advice on the overall strategy to achieve program goals, suggest policy directions and necessary course corrections for optimal outcomes, and advise on research strategy.

Prof. Swaminathan will also assist in the formation of expert groups with top talent globally. Additionally, she will support the Union Health Ministry, state officials, and development partners in assessing the impact of the programme. She has also served as the Director General of the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) previously.