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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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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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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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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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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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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“We need to prepare ourselves for the next epidemic”
Wednesday, March 29th, 2017

“We need to prepare ourselves for the next epidemic”

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Unofficial translation from Portuguese:
The Ethiopian Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus is running for the Director-General position at WHO and, in an interview to O Estado, has launched questions about the independence of the organization and admitted faults in the fight against previous outbreaks.

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Health needs to be looked at as a rights issue, says front-runner for post of WHO chief
Tuesday, March 28th, 2017

Health needs to be looked at as a rights issue, says front-runner for post of WHO chief

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Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus talks about how developing countries can build robust healthcare systems and how the health organisation should revamp funding.

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Candidate for the post of the WHO DG, Ethiopian Dr Tedros Adhanom in Conakry to seek the support of President Alpha Condé
Thursday, March 23rd, 2017

Candidate for the post of the WHO DG, Ethiopian Dr Tedros Adhanom in Conakry to seek the support of President Alpha Condé

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Unofficial translation from French:
The only African candidate for the position of the Director General of the World Health Organization (MOS) in the person of Dr. Tedros Adhanom was received yesterday Wednesday in audience by President Alpha Condé at Sékhoutoureya Palace. Former Minister of Health and former Minister of Foreign Affairs, the current Advisor to the Prime Minister of Ethiopia is one of the three candidates in the running for the World Health Organization (WHO). The ballot is scheduled for 23 May.

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Audience to the Prime Minister: Ethiopian emissary received
Thursday, March 23rd, 2017

Audience to the Prime Minister: Ethiopian emissary received

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Unofficial translation from French:
Prime Minister Modibo Keita received this morning in audience the Minister Counselor of the Prime Minister of Ethiopia, Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, former Minister of Foreign Affairs. The Ethiopian emissary not only carries a message, he is also and above all a candidate for the post of Director General of the WHO (World Health Organization).

The Ethiopian official is in a good position in the race for this prestigious international position in view of his rank following the interviews of the six candidates who have seen him outperform his competitors.

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What India’s National Health Policy 2017 Aims To Achieve
Monday, March 20th, 2017

What India’s National Health Policy 2017 Aims To Achieve

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Dr. Tedros spoke to NDTV about India’s new National Health Policy 2017 which aims to assure affordable healthcare facilities to all.

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Together for a Healthier World
Tuesday, March 14th, 2017

Together for a Healthier World

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Video interview with ACN Cuba.
Cuba has reached universal health coverage, without being a rich country, because it has a great political commitment. This is a lesson for many countries. (with Spanish subtitles)

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WHO nominees talk deprioritization, Trump (DevEx)
Friday, January 27th, 2017

WHO nominees talk deprioritization, Trump (DevEx)

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Ethiopian candidate Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus agreed there’s a need for the WHO to apply focus in its programmatic priorities, but said he prefered to tackle the issue through inclusive discussions with partners and staff, rather than be prescriptive about it.
“Of course I know the priorities now, but I would prefer to keep that until I get in, listen, go through a very inclusive process both internal and external, identify, and then decide,” Tedros said. “We have to be decisive on this. We have to cut some of the areas which are least priority or not high impact, or something that WHO should not do.”

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OMS : l’Ethiopien Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus en tête de course pour le poste de directeur général
Thursday, January 26th, 2017

OMS : l’Ethiopien Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus en tête de course pour le poste de directeur général

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Le conseil exécutif de l’organisation mondiale de la santé (OMS) réuni le 25 janvier à Genève a sélectionné par vote trois des cinq candidats au poste de directeur général de cette organisation onusienne. L’ancien ministre d’Etat éthiopien était en tête des votes.

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Fiji, Ethiopia keen to boost cooperation on climate change and health
Thursday, January 12th, 2017

Fiji, Ethiopia keen to boost cooperation on climate change and health

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Dr. Tedros Adhanom, Special Advisor to Prime Minister Hailemariam, who was on a two-day visit this week to Fiji said that Ethiopia and Fiji cognizant of the challenge that climate change poses to their shared future ought to firm up cooperation in fighting the challenges and risks of climate change.

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Ethiopian PM’s advisor visits Colonial War Memorial Hospital in Fiji
Monday, January 9th, 2017

Ethiopian PM’s advisor visits Colonial War Memorial Hospital in Fiji

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Special Advisor to the Prime Minister of Ethiopia, Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, paid a visit to Suva Colonial War Memorial Hospital to witness first-hand the services and challenges faced by the divisional hospital.

Dr Ghebreyesus said the focus placed by the Fijian Government on primary health care must be commended and added that health centres were vital facilities that should inform communities on the need to prevent non-communicable diseases (NCDs).

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WHO is here to implement the country’s priorities
Wednesday, January 4th, 2017

WHO is here to implement the country’s priorities

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Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, former foreign and health minister of Ethiopia, is a candidate for the post of the Director General of the World Health Organisation. He was in Nepal to seek support for his candidacy and spoke to Anshrica Dewan of The Himalayan Times about his campaign ‘Together for a healthier world’.

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HRH Premier of Bahrain receives letter from Ethiopian counterpart
Wednesday, December 28th, 2016

HRH Premier of Bahrain receives letter from Ethiopian counterpart

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Dr. Tedros Adhanom expressed sincere thanks and appreciation to the Bahraini leadership and people for their interest in developing relations with his country.

He lauded the efforts exerted by HRH the Prime Minister to advance Bahrain in various fields, as well as his keenness to enhance relations with Ethiopia at all levels.

He praised the progress boom witnessed by the kingdom in various fields, including health, affirming his country’s keenness on strengthening cooperation with Bahrain.

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Liberia: Pres. Sirleaf Receives Ethiopian Special Envoy
Saturday, December 10th, 2016

Liberia: Pres. Sirleaf Receives Ethiopian Special Envoy

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According to an Executive Mansion release, Mr. Tedros delivered the communication to President Sirleaf on behalf of her Ethiopian counterpart during a brief discussion held at her office in Monrovia.

An internationally recognized Malaria Researcher, Mr. Tedros was Ethiopia’s Minister of Health from 2005 to 2012 and Minister of Foreign Affairs from 2012 to 2016.

In January 2016, during the Sixty-sixth Ordinary Session of the Assembly of Heads of State and Government of the African Union, the AU endorsed his candidature for the next election of the Director General of the World Health Organization as the sole African candidate.

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Election of WHO Director-General: Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus wants to be the first African to lead the organization
Thursday, November 10th, 2016

Election of WHO Director-General: Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus wants to be the first African to lead the organization

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Wishing for a world where everyone can live a healthy and productive life, regardless of their identity and place of life, the former Ethiopian Minister of Health and Minister of Foreign Affairs and former Chair of the Global Fund Board AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria is, at age 51, a candidate for the Directorate General of the World Health Organization. At the end of his audience with President Denis Sassou N’Guesso, on November 9, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus explained his motives in an interview with Les Dépêches de Brazzaville. (Original article in French.)

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Dr. Tedros presented to WHO Member States as part of the Official Candidates Forum
Monday, November 7th, 2016

Dr. Tedros presented to WHO Member States as part of the Official Candidates Forum

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Dr. Tedros was the first of the six candidates for the position of WHO Director-General to present as part of the official candidates forum.
“I am a candidate for the DG of WHO,” said Dr. Tedros on 1 November, “because I believe in the power of this organization to make tangible and positive impact.” He continued, “I’m standing as a candidate to become the DG of WHO because I know what it takes to care for those in the world who need it most and who have the least and I know how to make sure WHO’s impact is felt on the ground in daily lives. I believe in WHO’s potential and I believe I will be able to help it get there.”

The video of Dr. Tedros’ presentation can be found in all official UN languages on the WHO website and YouTube channel.

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Ethiopia’s ex-Foreign Affairs chief ‘humbled’ to serve, focused on WHO post
Thursday, November 3rd, 2016

Ethiopia’s ex-Foreign Affairs chief ‘humbled’ to serve, focused on WHO post

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Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Ethiopia’s immediate past Foreign Affairs Minister says he feels humbled to have served his country, even as he steps up to vie for the position of Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO).

Dr Tedros served in two ministerial capacities over the last twelve years. First, as a Minister of Health for eight years before taking the top diplomatic portfolio for the last four years.

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World Council of Churches appreciates Ethiopia’s role in regional, global peace initiatives
Saturday, October 22nd, 2016

World Council of Churches appreciates Ethiopia’s role in regional, global peace initiatives

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Walta Info.
“Moderator of WCC Central Committee, Dr. Agnes Abuom said Ethiopia has been playing significant role in regional and global stages to ensure peace and stability… Regarding the candidacy of Ethiopia’s Foreign Minister Dr Tedros Adhanom to the post of the Director General of the WHO, she confirmed that the World Council of Churches backs him.”

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Ethiopia Recognized For Leadership in Climate Change
Monday, October 3rd, 2016

Ethiopia Recognized For Leadership in Climate Change

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In the fifth edition of the Global Green Economy Index (GGEI) made public in September 2016 , Ethiopia is ranked 14th  globally in terms of climate change performance, between France (13) and Italy (15).

The country gained 12 ranks since 2014 when it was listed at the 26th position. Thanks to its good ranking in the current report, Ethiopia is described as one of the “top performers” among developing countries.

Moreover, Ethiopia is ranked number one worldwide in the category “Leadership in the area of climate change”.

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Dr. Tedros’ Vision for the World Health Organization
Monday, September 26th, 2016

Dr. Tedros’ Vision for the World Health Organization

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The scientific, technological and social progress over the last century has lifted hundreds of millions of people out of poverty. The World Health Organization (WHO) has played a crucial role in this progress- achieving major milestones including eradicating smallpox and bringing polio eradication within reach. During the Millennium Development Goal era, WHO also drove tremendous progress in the fight agains HIV, tuberculosis, and malaria, and in reducing maternal, child, and infant mortality. Thanks to the actions of WHO, more people are living longer, healthier lives than ever before.

However, we live in a changing world, and WHO must be able to change with it. For all the progress we’ve made and improvements we’ve witnessed, daunting challenges-new and old- lie ahead. Climate and environmental is an evolving threat. Unhealthy lifestyles are giving rise to non-communicable diseases that imperil public health.  Infectious disease pathogens are sparking pandemics that threaten lives and economic security. Antimicrobial resistance, widespread population movements, global trade, and inequities in access to basic health care and social protection are leading to complex global health challenges.

I envision a world in which everyone can lead health and productive lives, regardless of who they are or where they live.  Achieving this will require a strong, effective WHO that is able to meet emerging challenges and achieve the health objectives of the Sustainable Development Goals. It will require revitalised WHO leadership that combines the public health, diplomatic and political expertise needed to address the most pressing challenges of our time.

We need a reformed WHO- fit for the 21st century- that belongs to all, equally.  We need a WHO that is effectively managed, adequately resourced and results driven, with a strong focus on transparency, accountability, and value for money.

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Africa’s Choice Should Head World Health Organization
Friday, September 23rd, 2016

Africa’s Choice Should Head World Health Organization

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Following intense criticism of its handling of the Ebola outbreak of 2014, the World Health Organization (WHO) has outlined institutional changes to address the shortcomings that led to a weak and ineffective response. While implementation is beginning under outgoing leader Dr. Margaret Chan, the ambitious reform agenda that global health leaders have demanded will depend on the next director-general, to be elected next year.

Unless WHO makes a wise choice, the organization will not become what the world needs it to be – a fast-response organization that can actively coordinate health emergencies. Zika is a current example of how local threats quickly become global, but others are inevitable.

In addition, the unfinished business of reducing the health consequences of severe poverty – including disastrous rates of infant and child death and of mothers in pregnancy and childbirth – is both a human tragedy and a drag on the global economy.

The African region, through the African Union, is backing the candidacy of Dr. Tedros Adhanom of Ethiopia. Here’s why.

He is minister of foreign affairs and a diplomat with extensive experience and the negotiating skills to craft international agreements. More importantly, as former minister of health, he acquired expertise in global health, accumulated from responding to some of the most devastating diseases of our time.

Some have argued that the world body should demonstrate its openness to diversity and change by electing an African as director general. But those who believe the position is too important to be decided on anything other than merit should be equally supportive of Dr. Tedros.

During this crucial period for the WHO, the organization needs an administrator of Dr. Tedros’ stature. His work leading reforms in organizations such as UNAIDS, the Global Fund to Fight Aids, Tuberculosis and Malaria, and GAVI, the vaccine alliance, has been exemplary.

At the Global Fund, where Dr. Tedros was Board Chair at a critical time for that organization, his leadership was groundbreaking. He helped revitalize an organization that was at the risk of failing into the vibrant agency it is today. The fund’s push for accountability in use of resources by recipient countries, while retaining flexibility to be creative, produced progress against disease and set it on the path of securing additional resources. Last week at a meeting in Canada the Global Fund raised a record $13 billion for its work.

During three decades, Dr. Tedros has tackled global health, security and development challenges in such global organizations, but he has also operated within government and at the level of local communities, where work is often constrained by limited resources. This depth of experience in varied settings is something the WHO of the 21st century needs.

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East African Countries Create Fund to Support Dr. Tedros’ WHO Bid
Monday, September 19th, 2016

East African Countries Create Fund to Support Dr. Tedros’ WHO Bid

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East African countries have thrown their weight behind the African Union’s candidate for the World Health Organization, Dr. Tedros Adhanom, in a major way.

Multiple countries have joined together in creating a fund to support Dr. Tedros’s candidacy in the election for the next Director General of the World Health Organization (WHO). In an unprecedented move, African governments are pooling resources to ensure that Dr. Tedros’s campaign has the financing it needs.

This is the first time African countries have united behind a single candidate for a major multilateral institution like WHO — and the support is coming not only in words, but in deeds. The fund’s establishment was led by Rwanda and it is based in Kigali, with several countries — from East Africa and elsewhere on the continent — having made or pledged contributions.

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