World Health Assembly Elects Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus as New WHO Director

World Health Assembly Elects Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus as New WHO Director

UNAIDS will work closely with the new Director-General of WHO to advance progress in global health and end the AIDS epidemic as part of the Sustainable Development Goals.

In her remarks Tuesday to the World Health Assembly, who will soon vote to choose the United Nations health agency's next leader, Nishtar cited her past experience leading non-governmental organizations, saying that would help her bridge the numerous polarizing situations in public health.

Tedros was widely seen as having the support of about 50 African votes, but questions about his role in restricting human rights and Ethiopia's cover-up of a cholera outbreak surfaced late in the race, threatening to tarnish his campaign.

Tedros pledged he will transform World Health Organization into the world-class workforce and to place accountability, transparency and sustainable improvement in the culture of WHO. "All staff, myself included, will be held to account for delivering", said Nabarro.

Health ministers from 186 states have a choice of three nominees to replace Chan as director-general - Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus of Ethiopia, David Nabarro of Britain and Sania Nishtar of Pakistan.

Dr Ghebreyesus will succeed Dr Margaret Chan, who has been WHO's Director-General since 1 January 2007.

US Health Secretary Tom Price said the next WHO head must continue overhauling the agency, "taking a clear-eyed view of what needs to change".

Looking at the work ahead, Dr. Tedros stressed that the original reason the United Nations health agency was set up almost 70 years ago remains true today: providing healthcare for all.

The WHO said Tedros had led a "comprehensive reform effort" of Ethiopia's health system, creating health centres and jobs.

Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus was nominated by the Government of Ethiopia, and will begin his five-year term on 1 July 2017.

The director-general of World Health Organization wields considerable power in setting medical priorities that affect billions of people and declaring when crises like disease outbreaks evolve into global emergencies.

During her tenure, the WHO's response to the Ebola epidemic in West Africa was criticised for being too slow.

While running as a candidate for the position, he recounted a story from his childhood in which his brother died from a common, preventable disease.

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