In 2021, World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus established the WHO Science Council, a group of nine distinguished scientists, to work with WHO on priority issues, scientific breakthroughs and new technologies to benefit people around the world. Among those nine scientists was GHESKIO Executive Director Dr. Jean William Pape.
Dr. Pape and the other Science Council members evaluate advances in science and technology that hold great promise to improve health worldwide, especially in low- and middle-income countries. The Science Council has met twice in person (in July 2022 and June 2023) and has produced manuscripts on genomics and mRNA technology that are already influencing public health. Dr. Pape’s involvement on the Council helps him bring GHESKIO innovations to a global audience, as well as evaluate innovative approaches to better care for patients.