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‘I have been hard on staff’: WHO Asia chief accused of abuse and racism, secretly sharing data with Japan

  • Dr. Kasai Takeshi is the director of the World Health Organization’s Western Pacific region, which covers 37 countries and territories.
  • An internal complaint accused Kasai of being abusive and racist, citing one incident in which he berated a staffer for being Filipino.
  • Kasai is also accused of sharing potentially sensitive COVID-19 data with Japan — his home country — to help it gain political advantage.
  • Kasai has denied the allegations while the WHO’s main headquarters in Geneva continues to investigate.

More than 30 current and former World Health Organization officials reportedly came together to accuse Dr. Kasai Takeshi, director of the Western Pacific arm, of abusive and racist behavior toward staff members.

The agency’s Western Pacific region, headquartered in the Philippine capital of Manila, covers nearly 1.9 billion people across 37 countries and territories.