Dr. Anarfi Asamoa-Baah of Ghana has just been appointed Deputy Director General of the World Health Organization, WHO. The post has been open since 1993. He was appointed by WHO Director Dr. Margaret Chan, who has promised to make the health of Africans one of her top priorities. Dr. Asamoa-Baah has extensive experience in public health.

Dr. Asamoa-Baah qualified as a Medical Doctor from the Ghana Medical School in 1984 and practised at the Offinso Government Hospital in the Ashanti Region.

He pursued further studies in the UK where he obtained post-graduate qualifications in Community Health Planning, Health Economics and Health Policy Analysis.

Dr. Asamoa-Baah returned home to work with the Ministry, when he was appointed Acting Director of newly created Policy Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation Division.

Dr. Asamoa-Baah joined the WHO in 1998.

Before his appointment, he coordinated the U.N. health agency’s efforts against HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria — a high-profile role as the Geneva-based body stepped up its fight in recent years against these deadly diseases.