Brazilian expert designated WHO Director for Access to Medicines and Vaccines10/06/2017 | Source: UN - Author:
Brazilian Mariângela Batista Galvão Simão was designated Deputy Director-General for Access to Medicines, Vaccines and Pharmaceutical Products of the World Health Organization (WHO).
Simão was Director of the Department of Rights, Gender, Prevention and Community Participation of the Joint United Nations Program on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS). With more than 30 years’ experience in Brazil’s public health system, she played a key role in expanding and decentralizing the country’s health services, according to the WHO.
“Mariângela is driven by her firm commitment to putting people at the center of the response”, affirmed UNAIDS Executive Director, Michel Sidibé. “She is a passionate defender of Human Rights and I hope to continue working with her to make sure no one is left behind in the access to medicines”.