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Ethiopia's Tedros Adhanom: 10 top facts about Africa's WHO candidate

Ethiopia's Tedros Adhanom: 10 top facts about Africa's WHO candidate


<p>Africa, Europe and South Asia will battle it out for who leads the United Nations (UN) health outfit, the World Health Organization (<span class="caps">WHO</span>). </p> <p>The African candidate is a former Ethiopian technocrat and diplomat who is aiming to be the first African to occupy the topmost position in global healthcare management.</p> <h3><a href="http://www.africanews.com/2017/05/23/ethiopia-s-tedros-africa-s-candidate-wins-first-round-vote-for-who-top-post/" target="_blank">History! Ethiopia’s Dr. Tedros elected new <span class="caps">WHO</span> Director-General</a> </h3> <h2>Here are ten top facts about Africa’s <span class="caps">WHO</span> candidate.</h2> <p>1. Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has held two ministerial portfolios in Ethiopia – Health (2005 – 2012) and Foreign Affairs (2012 – 2016)</p> <p>2. He has by far been the most vibrant social media (Twitter) campaigner among the three finalists. <a href="https://twitter.com/DrTedros" target="_blank">@DrTedros</a> has over 227,000 followers.</p> <p>3. He holds a PhD in Community Health and boasts of having technical and political competences that can help the <span class="caps">WHO</span> to move forward – as a health expert and seasoned diplomat.</p> <p>4. He received the endorsement of the African Union (AU) in January 2016 during the 26th Ordinary Session of the AU Assembly.</p> <p>5. He will become the first African Director-General to lead the <span class="caps">WHO</span> and also the first non-physician Public Health Specialist.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">If I win I will be the first Minister of Health to lead <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/WHO?src=hash">#WHO</a>, the first DG from <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Africa?src=hash">#Africa</a> & the first non-physician Public Health Specialist</p>— Tedros Adhanom (@DrTedros) <a href="https://twitter.com/DrTedros/status/858431544322666496">April 29, 2017</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <p>6. One of his priorities is to expand the funding base of the <span class="caps">WHO</span> and increase member states’ contribution.</p> <p>7. In July 2009, he was elected Board Chair of the Global Fund to Fight <span class="caps">AIDS</span>, Tuberculosis and Malaria – a post he held for a two-year term.</p> <p>8. He did not entirely leave the Ethiopian civil service space after resigning as Foreign Affairs chief, he continued as a special advisor to the Prime Minister.</p> <p>9. He is credited with overhauling Ethiopia’s entire healthcare structure which was highly challenged. His reforms led to dramatic gains in indicators such as child and maternal health. </p> <p>10. He was born in neighbouring Eritrea on March 3, 1965 – currently he is 52 years old.</p> <p>The Director-General is WHO’s chief technical and administrative officer and oversees the organization’s international health work. </p> <p>The current Director-General, Dr Margaret Chan, was appointed in 2006 and will complete her second term on 30 June this year.</p> <p>His other two contenders are Dr. David Nabarro of Britain – who is seen as Tedros’ main contender. The third candidate is Dr. Sania Nishtar, a Pakistani physician. </p> <p><strong><em>Shaban Abdur Rahman Alfa</em></strong><br /> <strong><em>Africanews web journalist</em></strong><br /> <strong><em>Republic of Congo, Pointe Noire</em></strong><br /> <strong><em>alfa.shaban@africanews.com</em></strong></p>
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