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.”
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.Go To Link
As health minister of Ethiopia, Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus saw the impact of disease outbreaks and poor health care firsthand. He witnessed how malaria could devastate an agricultural workforce and leave crops unharvested. “It was really mind boggling, and for me it was unacceptable,” he recalled. During his tenure, he set out to overcome some of his country’s greatest health challenges and saw dramatic gains in indicators such as child and maternal health.
Now as a candidate for the World Health Organization’s director-generalship, Tedros seeks to take his efforts global. Ethiopia’s candidate has won the endorsement of the African Union’s executive council and is the only prospective leader from the continent.
In an interview with Devex, Tedros said his experience in Ethiopia has grounded his belief in building strong health systems as well as pushing for universal coverage. He promised to prioritize WHO’s role in global health, while also seeking input and consultation about how the organization can be reformed.
Tedros also points to his experience as a diplomat as a credential for his candidacy. The incoming DG will need to balance scientific priorities with the politics of members states and other donors. Tedros told Devex he will make the case for member states to increase their buy-in to WHO to a “controlling share” of at least 51 percent of the budget — up from 20 percent today.Go To Link
In a video with World Vision International, Dr Tedros explains how, if elected World Health Organization Director-General, he would prioritise the implementation of the WHO Global Plan of Action to strengthen the role of the health system to address interpersonal violence.Go To Link
Watch the video interview of Dr. Tedros with Fiona Godlee, editor in chief of The BMJ, and Suerie Moon, policy director at the Global Health Centre of the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies. The questions asked were based on the recent publication in The BMJ of Ilona Kickbusch et al’s analysis paper “How to choose the world’s top health diplomat”.Go To Link
Candidate to the Director General of the organization, who has also been Minister of Health highlights his experience and his record to the government. At age 51, he hopes to succeed Chancellor Margaret Chan to become the new Director General of the World Health Organization (WHO). Facing him, five candidates, including former French Minister of Health Philippe Douste-Blazy or even Briton David Nabarro, who had to coordinate the UN response to Ebola. But Tedros Adhanom is convinced that the reforms he has carried out in Ethiopia will be an asset when the member countries of the WHO have to vote… (Original article published in Jeune Afrique on November 12, 2016.)Download
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.Go To Link
The Government of Ethiopia has submitted the nomination of Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus as the candidate for the World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General 2017. He was in the country for two days from january 4-5, where he met with the Health Minister, Foreign Minister and Prime Minister and secure support for his candidature as the future Director-General of WHO.
Bhutan is a member of the executive board of WHO that will meet later this month to shortlist the candidates. Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus talks to Business Bhutan reporter, Chencho Dema.Download
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).Go To Link
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’.Go To Link
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.Go To Link
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.Go To Link
To have the support of all AU member countries, Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus visited the DRC. It was in this context that he was received by the Minister of Public Health, Dr. Felix Kabange Numbi, to solicit the support of the DRC. The Congolese Minister of Public Health reassured him of the support of the DRC. “I am grateful to the Minister of Public Health who reassured me of the support of the DRC for my candidacy for the post of Director General of WHO. I thank the government for that support.” The Ethiopian Minister of Foreign Affairs was also received by the Head of State for the same cause. (Original article in French.)Go To Link
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.)Go To Link
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.Go To Link
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.Go To Link
A new Director-General of WHO will be selected in May, 2017. Richard Horton and Udani Samarasekera asked the six candidates competing for the position about their candidacy.
The forthcoming election of the next Director-General of WHO comes at a critical moment not only for the world’s only multilateral health agency but also for the precarious trajectory of global health itself. Six excellent candidates for Director-General are standing. All have wide experience in health, as one would expect, but each offers a very different platform.
To help clarify their experience, visions, and ideas, we invited each candidate to offer a brief manifesto and to answer a series of ten questions to illuminate their positions on what we see as some priorities for the organisation.Go To Link
The Togolese Head of State His Excellency Faure Gnassingbé completed on Wednesday a three-day visit to Ethiopia.
…Prime Minister Hailemariam Dessalegn praised the efforts of the Togo for the organization of the Extraordinary Conference of Heads of State and Government of the African Union on maritime safety and security and development in Africa, scheduled for October 15, 2016 in Lomé and urged that all parties work for the adoption of the Lomé convention on the safety and maritime security. For his part, President Faure Gnassingbe Essozimna reiterated the support of his country to the candidacy of Dr. Tedros Adhanom approved by the African Union to the WHO Director General…Read Full Article
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”.Read Full Article
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.
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.Read Full Article
When Ethiopians spoke of their health system 15 years ago, they referred to a shell of less than 600 poorly-staffed health centres that served more than 90 million people.
In comparison, Kenya has nearly 700 health centres for the country’s 42 million people.
But in 2005, Ethiopia embarked on a programme to improve the health of its citizens.
By end of last year, the country had constructed more than 3,500 health centres and 16,000 dispensaries.
And in one of the world’s most dramatic medical turnarounds, the country just finished training a record 3,000 doctors this year.
It now has one doctor per 1,000 population — the World Health Organisation’s standard. In Kenya, we have one doctor for every 17,000 people.
Close to 40,000 people have also been trained as health-care workers spread across the country.
The results have been dramatic…
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.Go To Link
Collective action on health is required to meet the challenges every country and region faces. This is an investment that must be made now- or we will see enormous costs late, argues Ethiopia’s foreign minister and candidate for WHO director general, Tedros Adhanom.
As we saw with the Ebola outbreak in West Africa and countless other international health emergencies, the willingness of Europe to stand up and provide for others in times of crisis has continued to be one of its defining characteristics. And it has saved, and continues to save, innumerable lives around the globe.
Yet, in this era of profound changes – Brexit, heightened security fears, migration crises, climate change, and economic fragility- there is some uncertainty as to where international cooperation is headed. And in order to meet domestic obligations, contribution to international health efforts is declining.
But neither politics nor economics is a worthy excuse to neglect global health action. This is an investment that must be made now- or we will all see enormous costs later.Go to Link
When Dr. Bereket Fantahun finished medical school 15 years ago in Ethiopia, she graduated with 58 classmates. Only 10 of them stayed in the country. “Everyone wanted to go out,” the physician said. “As long as you had your license, you could go to Botswana and take the examination to practice there and then register to go to America.” Most of them did eventually end up in the U.S., she said.
Talk to other physicians in Dr. Bereket’s generation, and they’ll share the same stories. The massive brain drain gutted Ethiopia’s health-care system because the country only had three medical schools graduating 120 doctors annually. There was only one physician for every 30,000 people in the East African nation struggling to recover from years of famine and civil war.
But in one of the world’s most dramatic medical turnarounds, Ethiopia just finished training a record 3,000 doctors this year. Because of the big boost of medical talent, the country finally has one doctor per 1,000 population — the World Health Organization’s standard.
How Ethiopia solved the problem is a fascinating case study in change leadership. The initiative began when the charismatic Dr. Tedros Adhanom — who earned a global reputation as a malaria researcher — took over as the minister of health in 2005. During his seven years in the job, he made training health professionals one of his top priorities. His strategy involved a mix of clever policy tweaks and big-thinking projects that are still unfolding.
Through the Health Extension Programme (HEP) over 39,000 health workers have been trained to help educate communities about sanitation, vaccinations, family planning, disease prevention, and other health related issues.View
The African Union supports Ethiopian Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus to become the first head of the World Health Organization from the continent. With Africa bearing much of the brunt of disease globally, who better to lead the United Nation’s World Health Organization than an expert from the continent?Go To Link
Ethiopia’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus will meet with various members of the Jamaican Government to boost the long-standing and historical bilateral relations between Ethiopia and Jamaica.Go To Link
The vice president of the Council of State of Cuba, Salvador Valdes, met with Ethiopian Foreign Minister Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, who is on an official visit to Cuba.Go To Link