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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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. 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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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