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Dr Tedros takes office as WHO Director-General


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Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus

By Iddi
Yire, GNA

Accra, July 2, GNA – Dr Tedros Adhanom
Ghebreyesus on Saturday took office as Director-General of the World Health
Organization (WHO), succeeding Dr Margaret Chan, who has held office since 1
January 2007.

The Director-General is WHO’s chief technical
and administrative officer and oversees the policy for the Organization’s
international health work.

A statement issued by the

By Iddi
Yire, GNA

Accra, July 2, GNA – Dr Tedros Adhanom
Ghebreyesus on Saturday took office as Director-General of the World Health
Organization (WHO), succeeding Dr Margaret Chan, who has held office since 1
January 2007.

The Director-General is WHO’s chief technical
and administrative officer and oversees the policy for the Organization’s
international health work.

A statement issued by the WHO and copied to
the Ghana News Agency said

Dr Tedros was elected on 23 May 2017, by vote
of WHO Member States at the Seventieth World Health Assembly.

The statement said it was the first time that
Member States at the World Health Assembly selected a Director-General from
among multiple candidates.

It said previous elections a single nominee
was forwarded by the WHO Executive Board to the World Health Assembly for
consideration.

The statement said prior to his election as
WHO Director-General, Dr Tedros served from 2012–2016 as Minister of Foreign
Affairs, Ethiopia.

It said in this role, he led the effort to
negotiate the Addis Ababa Action Agenda, in which 193 countries committed to
the financing necessary to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.

The statement said Dr Tedros served as
Minister of Health in Ethiopia from 2005–2012 where he led a comprehensive
reform effort of the country’s health system, including the expansion of the
country’s health infrastructure.

“He has also served as chair of the Board
of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria; as chair of the
Roll Back Malaria (RBM) Partnership Board; and as co-chair of the Board of the
Partnership for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health,” it stated.

GNA


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