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[Correspondence] Sania Nishtar is the health leader that the world needs

Dr Sania Nishtar is the ideal person to lead WHO and we urge the world’s 194 health ministers to elect her as the next Director–General (DG) in the coming World Health Assembly. Every health minister at the World Health Assembly will be aware of the wide and deep challenges facing WHO and global public health, and will be cognisant of the need to find the best leader. This is not a claim we make lightly. Many of the arguments for our claim are set out in detail in Nishtar’s published manifesto,1 but some of the more important points bear repeating.