Geneva, July 2: The continent which is devastated with several health problems is the home of new WHO Chief. The first African has taken the charge of WHO Chief, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus an Ethiopian medical doctor. He was nominated by the Ethiopian government and became the first person from continent to occupy this profile.
This time WHO selected the director general in the more democratic way. It was the first time that the World Health Assembly selected a Director-General from among multiple candidates. At the 70th World Health Assembly, Dr. Tedros was elected on by a vote of Member States. He will serve a 5 years term.
Nearly 2 years of the campaign was held by 6 candidates. In a closed-door session, health ministers from 186 countries cast their ballots in secret. After 3 rounds of the vote, he beat the David Nabarro of Britain. He has occupied the position of Margaret Chan’s successor. At last moment of the campaign, he was attacked with the accusation that he covered up repeated outbreaks of cholera in Ethiopia.
“I envision a world in which everyone can live healthy, productive lives, regardless of who they are or where they live. I believe the global commitment to sustainable development – enshrined in the Sustainable Development Goals – offers a unique opportunity to address the social, economic and political determinants of health and improve the health and wellbeing of people everywhere.”, Tedros said in his vision. He wants to unite everyone “Together for a healthier world".
'We need a WHO - fit for the 21st century - that belongs to all, equally. We need a WHO that is efficiently managed, adequately resourced and results driven, with a strong focus on transparency, accountability, and value for money," he added.