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Halfdan Mahler
Halfdan Mahler

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Halfdan Mahler is the former Director-General of the World Health Organization.

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Created: 20th May 2008
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Halfdan Mahler
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Gender: male
Place of Origin: Denmark

Halfdan T. Mahler, born in Denmark in 1923, joined the World Health Organization (WHO) in 1951. He worked for nearly a decade in India as Senior WHO Officer for the National Tuberculosis Program. From 1962 to 1969, Halfdan Mahler served as Chief of the Tuberculosis Unit at the WHO in Geneva, Switzerland. He was then appointed Director of Project Systems Analysis. In 1970, he was appointed Assistant Director-General of the WHO. In 1973, he was also elected WHO Director-General and was re-elected for two successive five-year terms in 1978 and 1983. It was under his direction that the 32nd World Health Assembly launched the Global Strategy for Health for All by the
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