Ethiopia: AU Commission congratulates Tedros as new WHO chief

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The Chairperson of the African Union Commission (AUC), Mr. Moussa Faki Mahamat has congratulated Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus of Ethiopia on his election as the first ever Director-General of the World Health Organisation (WHO) from the African region.

“The world has chosen a consummate global health statesman with a strong track record of embedding global public health and health security as a vital cornerstone of human development,” said Mr. Mahamat.

Dr Tedros emerged victorious on Tuesday in a tough election against two strong candidates, Dr Sania Nishtar from Pakistan and Dr David Nabarro from the United Kingdom.

"Dr Tedros was recently at the helm of drafting The African Union Agenda 2063, which represents the strategic framework guiding Africa’s development priorities for the next 50 years, while serving as Chair of the Executive Council of the AU," the AUC Chairperson noted in his congratulatory message.

"Mahamat wishes Dr Tedros a successful tenure at the helm of WHO robustly working towards a better, healthier future for all people around the globe. The AU Commission affirms its support of Dr Tedros’s priorities which include WHO reform; universal health coverage; health security; women, child and adolescent health; and the health impacts of climate and environmental change," the message said.

The Chairperson also thanked African Ministers of Health for their united and steadfast support for Dr Tedros during the campaign, adding: "When Africa speaks with one voice, she wins."
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24 may 2017 06:44:32

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