WHO elects Ethiopia’s Ghebreyesus as its new director-general

WHO elects Ethiopia’s Ghebreyesus as its new director-general

By: cjprincemedia

Former Ethiopian Health Minister Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus became the first African to be elected Director-General of the United Nations Public Health Agency.

Ghebreyesus was elected by 194 countries, which are part of WHO, by a secret ballot vote on Tuesday at the World Health Assembly, which opened on Monday in Geneva.

Dr David Nabarro from the UK and Dr Sania Nishtar Pakistan were the other two among the three pre-selected for the position.

Ghebreyesus was appointed by the Ethiopian government and began his five-year term on July 1. He will assume the position of Dr Margaret Chan, who was responsible for the agency since January 1, 2007.

Ghebreyesus was Minister of Health of Ethiopia since 2005-2012 also Chancellor 2012-2016. He was also Chairman of the Board of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria; Roll Back Malaria (RBM) and Co-Chair of the Board of the Association for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health.

Ghebreyesus, as Minister of Health, undertook a process of comprehensive reform of the country’s health system, including the expansion of the country’s health infrastructure and launched funding mechanisms to expand Health Insurance coverage.

As Ethiopia’s foreign minister, he also participated in the negotiations for the Addis Ababa Action Agenda, in which 193 countries pledged to finance the UN’s sustainable development goals.

It received record funding from two organisations as world president and results in management and created the Global Plan of Action against Malaria Fund, which expanded the scope of RBM beyond Africa to Asia and Latin America.

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