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Ethiopian wins race to be next leader of UN health agency

Danilo Martir | 24 May, 2017, 12:55

Former Health Minister and Foreign Minister of Ethiopia Tedros Adhanom was elected as new Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO).

"On behalf of President Trump and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, we congratulate Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus on being elected the next Director-General of the World Health Organization".

Tedros is not a physician but has a doctorate in community health; he is credited with successfully reforming his country's health system when he served as health minister from 2005 to 2012. The victor, who will serve a five-year term, takes office July 1, succeeding Margaret Chan, who has held the post since November 2006.

Cheers broke out, observers said, as he beat out David Nabarro, a 67-year-old physician and longtime United Nations official from Britain, and Sania Nishtar, a 54-year-old cardiologist from Pakistan. He received 133 votes while Nabarro got 50, with two abstentions.

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After almost two years of public campaigning, originally by six candidates, the election itself took place in a closed-door session in which the health ministers of 194 of the world's countries cast their ballots in secret.

In a speech before the election-part of a weeklong meeting of health ministers from 194 nations in Geneva-Tedros talked about growing up in Ethiopia, saying he comes from a background of "knowing survival can not be taken for granted, and refusing to accept that people should die because they are poor".

China has blocked the participation of Taiwan, accusing its year-old government of not accepting the "One China" principle. "It forces you to articulate your vision, to make certain promises that you will be held accountable for".

The new head of the World Health Organization says his "central priority" will be working to achieve universal health coverage, while pledging to "provide value for money" and reform the United Nations agency. The voting may continue for several rounds, with a victor expected late on Tuesday. The former health minister has been dogged by allegations that he covered up cholera outbreaks while he worked in Ethiopia, and protesters have occasionally interrupted proceedings at this week's meeting.

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But she defended her legacy, stressing WHO had "made quick course corrections", brought the outbreak "under control, and gave the world its first Ebola vaccine".

"Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus is a driving force for change with vast experience and expertise in global health", said Michel Sidibé, Executive Director of UNAIDS.

The WHO director-general wields considerable power in setting medical priorities that affect billions of people and declaring when disease outbreaks evolve into global emergencies. He then served as Ethiopia's foreign minister, from 2012 to 2016. For the first time since its 1948 creation, every nation will vote for WHO's new director-general, determining the future orientation and leadership of the controversial, underfunded agency.

At one point they forced outgoing chief Margaret Chan to halt her speech in the assembly hall Monday, shouting "No Tedros at WHO".

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