Ethiopia's Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus to take helm of WHO

24 May 17

Ethiopia’s Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus is to become director-general of the World Health Organisation (WHO).

 

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Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO director-general

Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has been appointed director-general of the World Health Organsiation.

 

He will begin a five-year term on 1 July succeeding Margaret Chan, who has held the post since 2007.

 

Ghebreyesus served as Ethiopia’s minister of foreign affairs from 2012-16 and as minister of health from 2005-12.

 

He has also chaired the board of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria and the Roll Back Malaria Partnership and has been co-chair of the board of the Partnership for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health.

 

As health minister, he led a comprehensive reform effort of the country's health system, creating 3,500 health centres and 16,000 health posts; and expanded the health workforce by 38,000.

 

His work as foreign affairs minister included leading the effort to negotiate the Addis Ababa Action Agenda, in which 193 countries committed to the financing to achieve the sustainable development goals.

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