World Health Assembly elects Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus as new WHO Director-General
Tuesday, May 23rd, 2017

World Health Assembly elects Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus as new WHO Director-General

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Today the Member States of WHO elected Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus as the new Director-General of WHO. Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus was nominated by the Government of Ethiopia, and will begin his five-year term on 1 July 2017.

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In support of the candidacy of Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus for WHO DG
Monday, May 22nd, 2017

In support of the candidacy of Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus for WHO DG

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By Kesetebirhan Admasu. The Lancet
There will be no stronger anti-tobacco
advocate as WHO DG than Dr Tedros. Dr Tedros is the most capable DG nominee who will bring the needed reform to WHO with a fresh perspective. I say this as someone who worked closely with Dr Tedros for more than a decade. I am happy to hear that he is the front-runner for WHO DG. Member States should take note of his long track record and results both at the
national and global level

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Let’s prove the impossible is possible
Friday, May 19th, 2017

Let’s prove the impossible is possible

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British Medical Journal
I think we should be unapologetically ambitious in the objectives we set because people around the world matter far too much to think on a small scale. Furthermore, the challenges we face today–including achieving universal health coverage, managing the triple burden of communicable and non-communicable disease, combined with health emergencies, and addressing the health effects of climate change–require bold action.But I believe in the power of the WHO, and I believe in this moment. That is why I want to lead the WHO–to relentlessly work toward a world in which every individual can lead a healthy and productive life, regardless of who they are or where they live.

Dr Who – Who Will Lead The WHO?
Wednesday, May 17th, 2017

Dr Who – Who Will Lead The WHO?

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BBC Healthcheck.
Next week we will have a new figurehead for the global health community – as the World Health Organization votes to appoint a new Director General. The role is a tough one – with a flu pandemic long overdue and challenges such as Zika and Ebola. The final three candidates speak about what they think they could bring to the role of guardian of the world’s health.

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Ten Ethiopian health professional associations, societies announce their support for Dr. Tedros Adhanom as the next WHO Director-General
Wednesday, May 17th, 2017

Ten Ethiopian health professional associations, societies announce their support for Dr. Tedros Adhanom as the next WHO Director-General

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Today, ten health professional societies and associations in Ethiopia held a press conference to express their strong support for H.E. Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus’ candidacy to become the next Director-General of the World Health Organization. The associations highlighted how Dr. Tedros, as he is known by his first name, reformed the Ethiopian health care system with a focus on primary health care, health promotion and disease prevention and dramatically improved access to health services throughout the country.

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African Ambassadors Urge Support for Dr Tedros Adhanom, the African Union- Endorsed Candidate for World Health Organization Director-General
Wednesday, May 17th, 2017

African Ambassadors Urge Support for Dr Tedros Adhanom, the African Union- Endorsed Candidate for World Health Organization Director-General

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Statement from the Permanent Delegation of the African Union to the United Nations Office and Other International Organizations in Geneva

African ambassadors to the United Nations in Geneva today reiterated their support for Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus to become the next Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO), and urged other regional country groups and WHO Member States to support his candidacy. Dr Tedros has been endorsed by the African Union as the most qualified candidate in next week’s election, which marks the first time a new WHO leader will be selected by a vote of all UN Member States.

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Statement by the Government of Ethiopia
Tuesday, May 16th, 2017

Statement by the Government of Ethiopia

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As part of our broader goals to improve the health and wellbeing of our people, ensure health security and fulfill our obligations under the 2005 International Health Regulation (IHR), Ethiopia has consistently demonstrated its commitment to strengthen public health and animal health systems. We have made massive investments in scaling up our health infrastructure including training and deployment of health workers. We have also built a strong national laboratory capacity and have improved our regional laboratories infrastructure.

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Egypt announces its full support to the Ethiopian candidate as Director-General of the World Health Organization
Sunday, May 14th, 2017

Egypt announces its full support to the Ethiopian candidate as Director-General of the World Health Organization

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Unofficial translation from Arabic:
Egypt has confirmed its full support to the former Ethiopian Foreign Minister, Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, as a candidate for the post of Director-General of the World Health Organization.

In a statement issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the African candidate for the position of Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO) visited Cairo on 13 and 14 May as part of his campaign for the international post, ahead of the final round of elections scheduled for Geneva on May 23.

According to the statement, the Ethiopian Minister was received at Cairo airport by Ambassador Mohamed Idris, Assistant Foreign Minister for African Affairs, where he conveyed the greetings and appreciation of Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry. Idris also conveyed to the Ethiopian Minister the directives of the Foreign Minister to the Egyptian delegation in Geneva in close coordination with the African delegations to support the African candidate, who is experienced and competent, and within the framework of the Egyptian keenness to get the African continent a fair share of important international positions in the international arena.

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Statement by Dr Tedros on Ebola in the Democratic Republic of the Congo
Friday, May 12th, 2017

Statement by Dr Tedros on Ebola in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

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Yesterday the Democratic Republic of the Congo reported a laboratory sample positive for the Ebola virus, after identifying a cluster of undiagnosed illness and death. Importantly, the government and the WHO have responded quickly – exactly what is needed to stop an outbreak from becoming an epidemic. The good news is we know how to prevent Ebola. And this time we have an Ebola vaccine, another tool in our arsenal.

Moving forward, the WHO and the global community need to ensure continued investment in a robust, country-level response. We also need to continue focusing on our efforts to achieve universal health coverage so that we can prevent, monitor, detect and respond to health emergencies like this one. And it’s high time that we as a global community show solidarity and commit to implement the International Health Regulations.

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Q&A with UNAIDS
Tuesday, May 9th, 2017

Q&A with UNAIDS

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I believe UNAIDS’ provocative leadership has been critical in addressing the AIDS epidemic and converting it from a death sentence to a chronic health condition. Its global role has not only garnered the highest political support for the AIDS response, but also ensured the voices of those affected by HIV and their families are at the centre of the response, including placing civil society within its governance structure. If elected Director-General of WHO, I would look forward to continuing our work together and our close partnership.

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A Fresh Perspective: Q&A with WHO DG Candidate Dr. Tedros
Tuesday, May 9th, 2017

A Fresh Perspective: Q&A with WHO DG Candidate Dr. Tedros

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With Brian Simpson. Global Health Now.
Tedros, who would be the first African leader of the WHO, cites his leadership in reforming Ethiopia’s health system “in an environment that was resource-constrained with a heavy disease burden” as a key indicator of his ability to achieve results, and promises to bring a “fresh perspective” to WHO.

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Dr. Tedros Receives Paul Harris Fellow Award
Monday, May 1st, 2017

Dr. Tedros Receives Paul Harris Fellow Award

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By Sintayehu Tamirat. Ethiopian Herald.
Rotary International Ethiopia bestowed Paul Harris Fellow Award upon Dr. Tedros Adhanom for his contribution to create polio-free Ethiopia. Rotary Ethiopia Country Office said it endorsed this recognition due to the seamless support of Dr. Tedros to Rotarians in their humanitarian activities in the country as well as leading the Government’s partnership with Rotary.

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Q&A with Antimicrobial Resistance Times
Sunday, April 30th, 2017

Q&A with Antimicrobial Resistance Times

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The overall goal of the global action plan is to ensure continuity of successful treatment and prevention of infectious diseases with effective, quality and safe medicines that are accessible to all who need them and used in a responsible way. All three of these priorities are important to addressing AMR – and they need to be addressed in parallel because they are interconnected.

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Tedros DG campaign forges ahead in final weeks before WHO vote
Sunday, April 30th, 2017

Tedros DG campaign forges ahead in final weeks before WHO vote

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By the Editor of Africa Times.
With less than a month to go before the World Health Assembly in Geneva, the three finalists for the Director General position are making their final campaign push – and perhaps none more so than Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.

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Expanding Vaccination Coverage Safeguards Families From The Cycle Of Poverty
Friday, April 28th, 2017

Expanding Vaccination Coverage Safeguards Families From The Cycle Of Poverty

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Huffington Post.
Globally, it is clear that to achieve universal health coverage by 2030, we must advocate to increase the availability and accessibility of effective, safe and affordable vaccines where they are needed most. I believe we must also accelerate research and development. This includes strengthening WHO’s normative authority and intensifying ongoing efforts to address market failures. Our common goal is to ensure current and future vaccines are accessible to all.

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Human Rights in the WHO: Views of the DG Candidates
Wednesday, April 26th, 2017

Human Rights in the WHO: Views of the DG Candidates

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Health and Human Rights Journal
Every year, hundreds of millions of people go without essential health care or fall into poverty trying to pay for it. That is a violation of the human right to health that demands our full attention and urgent action. Developing technical policies to ensure universal health coverage is an important start, but policies alone will not be sufficient. Implementation of those policies is much more difficult and requires collaboration and partnership across stakeholders.

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Prevention is Key to End Malaria For Good
Tuesday, April 25th, 2017

Prevention is Key to End Malaria For Good

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On World Malaria Day, we must celebrate our progress. New malaria cases fell by 21% between 2010 and 2015 worldwide, and malaria death rates fell by 29% in the same period. Defeating malaria is absolutely critical to ending poverty, improving the health of millions and enabling future generations to reach their full potential. Today, and every day, let us recommit to ending malaria for good.

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A Partner to the Pacific at the World Health Organization
Sunday, April 23rd, 2017

A Partner to the Pacific at the World Health Organization

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FijiSun newspaper.
As a former Minister of Health myself from a region with high burdens of disease and limited resources, I understand the competing demands and decisions governments face when allocating often too scarce resources across many health priorities. But I believe the WHO can be a partner to Pacific Community countries in their quest to achieve health for all — truly listening to countries’ needs and challenges and working together to ensure everyone in the region can live healthy, productive lives. I hope I have a chance to be a partner in that effort as the next WHO Director-General.

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Prioritizing Universal Health Coverage
Friday, April 21st, 2017

Prioritizing Universal Health Coverage

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Every person should be able to lead a healthy life, regardless of who they are or where they live. Health is a fundamental human right, and it is also the foundation for global prosperity and security in the 21st century. Accelerating the growing international movement for universal health coverage will be my number-one priority if elected the next director-general of the World Health Organization.

The world stands at a unique moment to drive progress on universal health coverage.

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Dr. Tedros at the WHO: Ethiopian expertise going global
Monday, April 17th, 2017

Dr. Tedros at the WHO: Ethiopian expertise going global

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By the Embassy of Ethiopia in Brussels. Ethiopian Messenger.
As Director-General, Dr Tedros’ vision, collaborative approach and proven effective will certainly help WHO better protect the health of all people.

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Praise for Brunei’s healthcare
Monday, April 17th, 2017

Praise for Brunei’s healthcare

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By Ishan Ibrahim. Borneo Bulletin.
Dr Tedros also complimented the ‘Bandarku Ceria’ initiative, saying, “This national movement will certainly help in the fight against non-communicable diseases, with people from all walks of life cycling, jogging, walking, doing aerobics and enjoying themselves.”

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Three Questions with WHO DG Candidate Dr. Tedros Adhanom
Thursday, April 13th, 2017

Three Questions with WHO DG Candidate Dr. Tedros Adhanom

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By Andrew Jack. Financial Times Health.
The WHO needs a decisive leader who understands the challenges ministers of health face, can respond to the next pandemic and has a proven track record of implementing comprehensive reforms, overcoming bureaucratic bottlenecks and ensuring stakeholders work together to take on our greatest public health challenges.

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Ethiopian candidate for top WHO job gets full backing from Africa
Wednesday, April 12th, 2017

Ethiopian candidate for top WHO job gets full backing from Africa

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By James Karuhanga. From The New Times Rwanda.
Rwanda’s Minister for Foreign Affairs and Government Spokesperson, Louise Mushikiwabo, has described Dr Tedros as one of the best qualified individuals to lead the global agency. “All African countries have united behind him, and Africa is ready to play its part in global health. For us in Rwanda, and for the larger eastern Africa, we feel proud and look forward to May 23.”

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With Greece we share a common vision: Equality in health for all
Sunday, April 9th, 2017

With Greece we share a common vision: Equality in health for all

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By Kalivioti Maria. The Dawn.
Unofficial translation from Greek:
We talk about equity in health. Here we are dealing with other equally important issues such as access for refugees and migrants in Health. To face these challenges Greece says it will emphasize Primary Health Care, improving the quality of life and emphasizing disease prevention and health promotion.

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Let’s Talk about Depression and Scale Up Mental Health Services
Friday, April 7th, 2017

Let’s Talk about Depression and Scale Up Mental Health Services

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Today is World Health Day and the culmination of the World Health Organization’s yearlong campaign: “Depression: let’s talk.” According to the World Health Organization (WHO), more than 300 million people now live with depression, the most common mental illness. Depression is a leading cause of ill health and disability, and many do not have access to mental health services and face significant social stigma around their disease. Indeed, when we first looked at this issue when I was Minister of Health in Ethiopia, we saw that mental illness was placing a significant burden on our population, and yet very few were getting the services they needed. In addition, the majority of people with mental illnesses live in poverty, and far too many are subject to violations of their rights.

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A great step forward for access to healthcare in Myanmar
Wednesday, April 5th, 2017

A great step forward for access to healthcare in Myanmar

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Yesterday, Myanmar took one big step forward on the path to achieving universal health coverage when State Counsellor Daw Aung Sung Su Kyi launched its new National Health Plan 2017-21. This is the first, medium-term NHP of the democratically-elected government.

What I was most excited to see was the vision of guaranteeing an Essential Package of Health Services to the entire population of Myanmar by 2030, moving the country on the path toward universal health coverage. It focuses not just on disease priorities but also on health inequities – a key challenge globally.

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New York Times: The Campaign to Lead the World Health Organization
Monday, April 3rd, 2017

New York Times: The Campaign to Lead the World Health Organization

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Dr. Tedros takes his work to heart. In an interview he described fighting a malaria outbreak as health minister in Ethiopia as “a good opportunity for me to retaliate, because my inside was boiling.” He wanted revenge on the disease itself, he explained. His first assignment as a medical officer, 20 years earlier, came amid another outbreak of malaria that killed whole villages, and infected him as well.

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OMS – Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus rassure les Pays Francophones
Monday, April 3rd, 2017

OMS – Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus rassure les Pays Francophones

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Unofficial Translation from French:
The candidate of the African Union for the post of Director General of the World Health Organization (WHO), the Ethiopian Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus continues his race more beautiful, leading the peleton. Having arrived first in the pre-selection process, which reduced the candidates from six to three for the final ballot of May 2017 following the Executive Council meeting of January 25, 2017, the Ethiopian states that he is the candidate of all Africa, beyond the linguistic areas of the continent.

Officially submitted by the Government of Ethiopia, its candidacy was validated by the African Union (AU) at the January 2016 Summit of Heads of State and Government in Addis Ababa. Dr Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, then President of the AU Commission, officially launched the African candidature on 24 May 2016 in Geneva on the sidelines of the World Health Assembly in the presence of a number of senior African officials.

A Health Care Professional At age 52, Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus is currently Special Advisor to the Ethiopian Prime Minister after being successively Minister of Health and Foreign Affairs of his country. He holds a PhD in Community Health and a Master’s Degree in Immunology from Infectious Diseases. He is also a prolific author, internationally recognized for his pertinent contributions on major public health issues. Internationally, the candidate of Africa has proved his worth by occupying several prestigious positions where many have noted his determination and pragmatism in the fight against the major public health challenges facing many states, Africa, South East Asia and Latin America.

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