Experts call on ministers of health to support African Union-endorsed candidate at 70th World Health Assembly

Addis Ababa, May 20, 2017 (FBC) - In an open letter to Ministers of Health released today, 35 of the world’s top global health leaders expressed their support for Dr. Tedros Adhanom of Ethiopia to become the next Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO).

On May 23, WHO member states will select the next Director-General at the World Health Assembly in Geneva, Switzerland – a decision that will greatly impact the health and lives of people around the world.

Dr. Tedros’ high-level endorsers – representing a broad cross section of the most influential people in global health and 24 countries and five continents – have called him the “most capable and qualified candidate” for the job.

They note his proven record in reforming Ethiopia’s health system, which brought primary healthcare to the country, cutting child mortality by two-thirds and reducing HIV infections by 90% and malaria and tuberculosis deaths by 75% and 64%, respectively.

These leaders – all with long experience working in health on the international and national level – also highlighted Dr. Tedros’s public health and diplomatic leadership as well as his integrity, humility, and decisiveness.

“Dr. Tedros not only has the vision and experience to lead the world toward achieving the ambitious aims laid out in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), including universal health coverage, but also the hands-on experience to be a supportive, credible partner to countries in their efforts to achieve them,” the leaders stated.

Posted by Amare Asrat