WHO assembly set to choose next chief among 3 candidates
WHO assembly set to choose next chief among 3 candidates
24 May, 2017, 04:25
"We need WHO to be more effective than it is today", the director of Harvard University's Global Health Institute, Ashish Jha, said at the Swiss Press Club event.
Nabarro tweeted his congratulations to Tedros after the vote, writing, "I urge everyone to unite behind him & his vision".
As Chair of the Global Fund and of RBM, Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus secured record funding for the two organizations and created the Global Malaria Action Plan, which expanded RBM's reach beyond Africa to Asia and Latin America.
The World Health Organization was electing its new leader Tuesday, with the race narrowed to two finalists who have vowed to shake up the fiercely criticised agency.
Dr Tedros beat British candidate David Nabarro after a five-hour vote.
Pakistan's candidate to be the next director-general of the World Health Organization, cardiologist Dr. Sania Nishtar, said she made a decision to go into public health after being told the hospital where she worked would start using recycled catheters for patients who couldn't pay.
The third candidate, Pakistani physician Sania Nishtar, said she had a proven record of dealing with hard issues and would make constructive changes to the World Health Organization if elected.
She says "I will come to your countries not to cut ribbons but to work with you".
The three were the last remaining from an original field of six candidates to lead the World Health Organization, which is tasked with combating outbreaks and chronic diseases.
First to speak was Ethiopia's candidate to lead the World Health Organization, former minister of health Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.
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Of the United Nations health agency's 194 member states, 185 were eligible to cast ballots; nine others were either in arrears on their dues or not represented at the gathering. Nine others are either in arrears on their dues or not represented at the 10-day gathering.
Jubilant supporters, including one waving an Ethiopian flag, surrounded 52-year-old malaria specialist Tedros Adhanom after the final result was announced in the assembly hall at the UN's Geneva headquarters.
Nabarro, a WHO insider who has worked for 40 years in worldwide public health, had pitched himself as a "global candidate".Chan, in a speech on Monday, urged ministers to tackle inequalities as a "guiding ethical principle"."Scientific evidence is the bedrock of policy".
As director-general of WHO, Tedros will be responsible for deciding which medical issues will take priority and when crises like disease outbreaks will be treated as global emergencies.
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