Endorsements


In addition to the endorsements below, see the Global Health Leaders Letter with 35 signatories across 23 countries.

Political Leaders & Organizations
African Union


“Dr. Tedros has the formal endorsement of the African Union.”

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The African, Caribbean, Pacific Council of Ministers
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“ACP expresses its support for the candidature of Dr. Tedros for the position of WHO Director-General.”

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Hon. Moussa Faki Mahamat
Chairperson, African Union Commission
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“Unanimously we (African Union) have chosen Dr. Tedros, and I hope the rest of the world by objectivity and justice will follow in the choice of Dr. Tedros.”

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H.E. Dr. Nkosazana Clarice Dlamini-Zuma
Former Chairperson, African Union Commission

“Dr. Tedros has a lot of experience transforming health resources… resolve, passion.”

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Dr. Salim Ahmed Salim
Former Prime Minister, Tanzania
Former Secretary General, Organisation of African Unity
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“I am confident that Dr. Tedros is eminently qualified and suited for the role of WHO Director-General.”

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H.E. Olusegun Obasanjo
Former President of Nigeria
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“Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus is the outstanding candidate.”

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Rt Hon Andrew Mitchell
Conservative MP for Sutton Coldfield
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“Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus is the outstanding candidate.”

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H.E. Faure Essozimna Gnassingbe
President, Togo
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H.E. Festus Gontebanye Mogae
Former President, Botswana
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“He has done wonders in his country, he has revolutionised the structure of health delivery…”

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H.E. Mr. Taban Deng Gai
Vice-President, South Sudan
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“I know him through the peacemaking process in South Sudan. He is a person who can deliver.”

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H.E. Mokgweetsi Eric Keabetswe Masisi
Vice-President, Botswana
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“If the world is serious about dealing with SDGs… I cannot think of anyone more aptly qualified for this job.”

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Hon. Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of
International Relations and Cooperation, Namibia
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“I have come to work closely with Dr. Tedros, and he has done amazing work.”

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Hon. Dr. Félix Kabange Numbi
Minister of Public Health, Democratic Republic of the Congo
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“L’UA appuie officiellement la candidature du Dr. Tedros à la Direction générale de l’OMS.”

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H.E. Louise Mushikiwabo
Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, Rwanda
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“[Dr. Tedros] is the people’s Director-General.”

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Amb. Dr. Amina Mohamed
Cabinet Secretary for Foreign Affairs and International Trade, Kenya
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“I don’t think you can find anybody as qualified, as experienced. What the job needs.”

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H.E. Ramtane Lamamra
Minister of Foreign Affairs, Algeria
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“Francophone and Anglophone Africa are united behind Dr. Tedros.”

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H.E. Dr. Augustine Philip Mahiga
Minister of Foreign Affairs, Tanzania

“There couldn’t be a better person, with that kind of vision, that kind of knowledge, than Dr. Tedros for Director-General.”

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H.E. Professor Ibrahim Ghandour
Minister of Foreign Affairs, Sudan

“I have worked with the WHO for more than 17 years… I can’t see better than Tedros Adhanom.”

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Amb. Jean-Marie Ehouzou
African Union Permanent Representative to the United Nations in Geneva
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“J’ai la passion, j’ai l’expérience de chef de file au niveau national et international, j’ai l’expérience technique, politique et diplomatique…”

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Ayanle Salad Dirye
Deputy Ambassador of Somaliland to Ethiopia
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“The Republic of Somaliland fully endorses the candidature of Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus for the post of WHO director-general.”

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Civil Society, Health Professionals, and Others
Medical Education Partnership Initiative Council of PIs
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“MEPI fully supports the candidacy for Dr. Tedros Adhanom for Director-General of the WHO.”

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College of Surgeons of East, Central and Southern Africa
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“Dr. Tedros Adhnaom is a visionary leader and patriot in promoting quality health
service and access.”

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Ethio-American Doctors Group
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“Ethio-American Doctors Group fully supports Dr. Tedros Adhanom to become the next Director-General of the WHO.”

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Ethiopian Medical Association
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“Tedros has the best credentials and vision to tackle existing and emerging health threats.”

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Ethiopian Public Health Association

“EPHA backs Dr. Tedros Election As WHO Chief.”

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Ethiopian Society of Obstetricians and Gynecologists
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“[As WHO Director-General], we believe he will continue to provide his strong leadership so as to achieve the SDGs in health globally.”

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African Society for Blood Transfusions
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“Dr. Tedros is a leader with the wealth of experience building and strengthening robust and functional health
systems, saving millions of lives.”

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Marwane Ben Yahmed
Editor, Jeune Afrique

“Il nous paraît, pour de multiples raisons, être l’homme de la situation, compte tenu de son experience…”

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Tony O. Elumelu
Chairman of Chairman of Heirs Holdings and Founder of the Tony Elumelu Foundation

“Dr Tedros will undoubtedly, because of his rare combination of empathy and expertise, positively impact billions around the globe.”

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Dr. Zaeem Ul Haq
Public Health Physician and Current Health Advisor, Save the Children
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“Dr. Tedros stands out as the most promising candidate to lead the World Health Organization at this crucial time.”

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Dr. Akash Goel
Physician, Journalist and WEF Global Shaper
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“Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, former health and foreign affairs minister of Ethiopia, is the most qualified for the role.”

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Carlos del Rio, MD
Hubert Professor and Chair of Department of Global Health, Rollins School of Public Health
Professor of Medicine, Infectious Disease Division at Emory University
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“Dr. Tedros is a thoughtful public health leader that would make a wonderful WHO Director.”

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Dr. Helen Befekadu Mesfin
Children Heart Fund Ethiopia, Cardiac Center
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“Dr. Tedros is a passionate leader who I strongly recommend to lead the World Health Organization.”

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Dr. Giorgio Roscigno
Medical Researcher
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“His track record of results and innovation [and] his vision [make] him the right candidate…”

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Dr. Hans Rosling
(Deceased)
Swedish Doctor, Statistician, Development Expert
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“Thank you so much for your Candidacy… The time has come for Africa to lead WHO.”

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Dr. Prashant Yadav
Director of Healthcare Research, William Davidson Institute, University of Michigan
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“Tedros’ suitability for director-general rests is his irrefutable ability to create and build efficient and sustainable health systems.”

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Samuel Getachew
Ethiopian Diaspora Blogger
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“The world needs a strong voice like Tedros’ to lead this prestigious international organization.”

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Zeray Hailemariam
Ethiopian Blogger and Deputy Editor, Walta Information Center
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“Dr. Tedros’ direct experience makes him uniquely qualified to tackle our toughest
global health problems.”

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Hafsa O. Mohamed
Ethiopian Diaspora Blogger
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“There are many reasons to endorse and support Dr. Tedros Adhanom.”

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Nicole Schiegg
Strategic Communications Specialist
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“Dr. Tedros is the leader the WHO needs.”

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Jill W. Sheffield
Longtime advocate for women’s health and rights.

“Dr. Tedros Ghebreyesus is the most qualified person for the job.”

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Dr. Peter A. Singer
Chief Executive Officer, Grand Challenges Canada
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“Ghebreyesus’s leadership style is perfectly suited for this role.”

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