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.

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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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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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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Opinion: Putting people first at the WHO — from ill health to public health emergencies
Monday, March 20th, 2017

Opinion: Putting people first at the WHO — from ill health to public health emergencies

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When I am asked why I am running for Director-General of the World Health Organization, my answer is simple: Because I care. I care about people as individuals, I care about communities, and I care enough about the world to want to make a positive difference. For me, policy discussions are not abstract debates filled with insider jargon. As an outsider to the WHO bureaucracy — and a person who comes from the developing world — I will ensure that the human faces behind the issues are front and center at every discussion. I will strive to instill a mindset change where meetings and conferences never forget that it is about the who (pardon the pun) more than the what or the how.

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The new health policy can help India achieve universal coverage
Monday, March 20th, 2017

The new health policy can help India achieve universal coverage

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The Indian government’s newly-approved National Health Policy seeks to promote universal access to good quality healthcare services while ensuring that no one faces financial hardship, and to ensure that public hospitals provide universal access to a wide array of free drugs and diagnostics. This policy can help realise the vision of achieving universal health coverage and ‘health for all’ in India.

As various countries deploy their resources to achieve the SDGs by 2030, they must resolve to keep health at the centre of their development agenda, policies and programmes, and work closely with a fit-for-purpose WHO to realise the vision of health for all. It is, indeed, the best gift that we, as people’s champions, can give to the citizens of this world.

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Investing in Girls and Women is the Smartest Thing We Can Do
Wednesday, March 8th, 2017

Investing in Girls and Women is the Smartest Thing We Can Do

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This International Women’s Day, I want to salute and honor women and girls across the world for their courage, strength and perseverance. Despite all the progress we have made, millions of women and girls continue to face challenges ranging from access to education and employment opportunities, to early marriage and lack of access to reproductive/ maternal health services that hampers them from achieving their full potential.

Investing in girls and women is the smartest thing we can do, and will help us to improve opportunities for all people. With equal access to education, health care, employment and representation in political and economic decision-making, girls and women are force to be reckoned with. A force that will build the resilient societies and sustainable economies we wish to achieve.

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Statement for Rare Diseases International Policy Event : The Right to Health: The Rare Disease Perspective, 10 February 2017
Friday, February 10th, 2017

Statement for Rare Diseases International Policy Event : The Right to Health: The Rare Disease Perspective, 10 February 2017

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To mark the occasion of Rare Disease Day 2017, Rare Diseases International, the Global Alliance of Rare Disease Patients, in partnership with the BLACKSWAN Foundation, the Swiss Foundation for Research on Orphan Diseases, and EURORDIS-Rare Diseases Europe, held the Rare Diseases International Policy Event on February 10, 2017 in Geneva. The event gathered international experts in the fields of public health, human rights, epidemiology, scientific research and patient advocacy to discuss why and how rare diseases should be included in the global health agenda. Dr. Tedros shared a written statement for the event.

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My commitment to ensuring a strong, coordinated, global response to health emergencies
Sunday, January 15th, 2017

My commitment to ensuring a strong, coordinated, global response to health emergencies

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The post-Ebola landscape showed that Member States increasingly want WHO to go beyond its traditional normative role to engage and lead health aspects of emergency responses. Through the current reform of the WHO Emergency Programme, WHO is developing new operational capacities and capabilities for outbreaks and humanitarian emergencies.

Strong leadership is essential in the face of health crises. Complex public health emergencies demand a collective response with high-level political and diplomatic engagement at both the national and global levels. Local and international authorities must work together to put health at the centre of their security, economic and development agendas.

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Universal health coverage will lead to a healthier and more equitable world
Monday, December 19th, 2016

Universal health coverage will lead to a healthier and more equitable world

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Universal health coverage is an ambitious goal, but it is one that can create a healthier and more equitable world for all people. It means a child reaches adulthood, and adults lead healthier lives regardless of who they are and where they live.

Universal health coverage is achievable, by or even before 2030, through strong political will, innovative service delivery, and sustained financing. Ensuring universal health coverage must be the foundation for the SDGs, aimed at ending poverty and inequality by 2030. When people are healthy; their families, communities and countries thrive.

However, let’s be clear, reaching universal health coverage will require a paradigm shift in how we implement inclusive development.

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Antimicrobial Resistance: A Threat Not To Be Underestimated
Tuesday, October 18th, 2016

Antimicrobial Resistance: A Threat Not To Be Underestimated

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The UK’s Chief Medical Officer Sally Davies recently described the world’s current capacity to tackle antimicrobial resistance (AMR) as a risk as ‘big as terrorism’. Bacteria is becoming increasingly resistant to modern medicine, and she warned that if there is not significant and urgent action, we will be left with a health epidemic where even the smallest of infection could kill.

AMR has been high on the world health agenda for some time (though arguably not high enough) and yet global efforts have not moved forward fast enough. But there are very promising signs that the world is taking notice.

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Global Action on Health More Vital than Ever
Tuesday, September 13th, 2016

Global Action on Health More Vital than Ever

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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.

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Ending AIDS begins with community engagement
Monday, July 25th, 2016

Ending AIDS begins with community engagement

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The world’s largest conference on a global health or development issue has just ended. The issue at hand was HIV and AIDS prevention. For decades, HIV/AIDS has been an urgent global challenge, and yet an event of this magnitude – dedicated solely to it – would have been unimaginable not long ago.

More than 18,000 delegates gathered together in Durban, South Africa, and the drive and determination to reach those who lack access to comprehensive HIV treatment, prevention, care and support services was immeasurable. The glaring question in today’s fight against this heartbreaking disease is this – how do countries reach those who are still left behind, even now?

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What it Means to Create a ‘Women’s Health Development Army’
Thursday, June 2nd, 2016

What it Means to Create a ‘Women’s Health Development Army’

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I attended the fourth Women Deliver Conference in Copenhagen, Denmark, two weeks ago. I listened to fascinating stories of thousands of impassioned advocates, policymakers, researchers and young people in attendance and shared the lessons from my own experience nationally and globally. Throughout the conference my consistent message was that we need to work together as conscious disruptors of the status quo.

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Igniting Change by Investing in Girls and Women
Thursday, May 19th, 2016

Igniting Change by Investing in Girls and Women

Source: The Huffington Post

Language: English

A decade ago, Ethiopia’s girls and women faced some of life’s most pressing challenges. Cultural traditions resulted in marriage and childbirth among many who had yet to become adults. Access to safe and modern contraceptives was inadequate, preventing many from spacing their births and robbing them of the right to control their bodies. Our largely rural and pastoralist country lacked the necessary infrastructure and skilled health professionals to provide essential services to girls and women.

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Closing the Immunization Gap: Bringing Vaccines to Doorsteps of Families and Households
Friday, April 29th, 2016

Closing the Immunization Gap: Bringing Vaccines to Doorsteps of Families and Households

Source: The Huffington Post

Language: English

Ethiopia’s Health Extension Programme’s door-to-door services, the effectiveness of the defaulters tracing system and our community-based champion approach hold important keys for closing the immunization gap. In line with theme of World Immunization Week, Ethiopia’s game-changer – bringing health services to the doorstep as opposed to a classic health post approach – has become our norm.

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Ending Malaria For Good
Friday, April 15th, 2016

Ending Malaria For Good

Source: The Huffington Post

Language: English

In the past 15 years alone, malaria mortality has fallen by 60 percent globally — resulting in an estimated 6.2 million averted deaths. We now have a chance to eliminate the disease and render it powerless, much like polio and smallpox. But we are reminded that our extraordinary advances are fragile and that the fight must continue.

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Africa and the Jihadist Threat
Thursday, April 14th, 2016

Africa and the Jihadist Threat

Source: The Huffington Post

Language: English

Co-authored by Olusegun Obasanjo and Wolfgang Ischinger – the importance of Africa’s development to the entire world should be self-evident. And yet, despite the high stakes, Europe – and the international community more broadly – have not devoted the attention and resources that the issue merits.

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Peace, Prosperity, and Global Health Security
Thursday, April 14th, 2016

Peace, Prosperity, and Global Health Security

Source: The Huffington Post

Language: English

In the lead-up to the first Core Group Meeting of the Munich Security Conference held in Addis Ababa, Dr. Tedros discusses the intricate link between peace and global security, and the investments needed to advance prosperity in the face of crises.

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How Can We Tackle Diabetes?
Thursday, April 7th, 2016

How Can We Tackle Diabetes?

Source: The Huffington Post

Language: English

Diabetes can be successfully prevented and managed by a healthy lifestyle. When not managed, it can lead to severe organ damage and death. In too many countries, this choice is not up to the individual; it is dependent instead on the quality of regional, country-level and international health systems.

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