Dr. Senjuti Saha appointed as TIMB’s board member of WHO
Published: 05:31 PM, 11 July 2020 Updated: 05:33 PM, 11 July 2020
Dr. Senjuti Saha
Dr. Senjuti Saha, a microbiologist of the Child Health Research Foundation (CHRF), has been appointed to The Polio Transition Independent Monitoring Board (TIMB) of the World Health Organization (WHO). TIMB mainly deals with the spread of polio around the world.
According to the report of The Business Standard, Dr. Senjuti Saha, along with other members of the board, will advise the WHO on the progress of the polio transmission process at the Director-General level, a statement from CHRF website confirmed the appointment of Senjuti Saha.
The process focuses on how countries around the world will maintain public health infrastructure – especially the necessary vaccinations, greater infectious disease surveillance, and emergency response issues. The World Health Organization (WHO) has been working on the polio outbreak since its approval in May 2018.
Sir Liam Donaldson, former Chief Medical Officer of the United Kingdom and also a professor in the Department of Public Health at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, is the Chairman of the TIMB board of WHO.
Three have been appointed this year. In addition to Dr. Senjuti Saha, the other two newly appointed board members are Professor Sheila Leatherman of the Department of Public Health from the University of North Carolina in the United States and renowned Nigerian physician Dr. Lola Dare. She has been involved in various positions in the health sector for thirty years.
Dr. Senjuti Saha’s father Samir Saha, executive director of CHRF and a professor of the microbiology department at Dhaka Shishu Hospital. Last May, Senjuti Saha unveiled the coronavirus genome sequence for the first time in the country jointly with her father.