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Africa Poises For Top WHO Post-As Dr. Tedros Tipped As Favourite

 The former Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ethiopia, Dr. Tedros Adhanom, has been tipped as the next Director General of the World Health Organization (WHO) due to the numerous endorsements from Africa and other Asian and Western nations.

At the 70th World Health Assembly in Geneva, Switzerland, from May 21-31, member states will vote in a new Director-General for the United Nation’s leading health agency, who is expected to take office on July 1.


If elected, Dr. Tedros said he will seek to strengthen coordination and information flows between the secretariat, the regional offices, including the regional office for Africa, and the country offices.


The former Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ethiopia and an internationally recognized malaria researcher said he will also seek to develop a more diverse, inclusive, and effective health workforce at global, regional, and country office levels, and work with member states to introduce a human resource reform for fair representation of all regions and countries at the secretariat.


Tedros joined the Ministry of Health of Ethiopia in 1986, after graduating from the University of Asmara. As an internationally recognized malaria researcher and Minister of Health, he received several praises for a number of innovative and system-wide health reforms that substantially improved access to health services and key outcomes in his country.


Amongst several reforms, Dr. Tedros implemented were the hiring and training roughly of 40,000 female health extension workers, thus cutting infant mortality from 123 deaths per 1,000 live births in 2006 to 88 in 2011, and increasing the hiring of health cadres including medical doctors and midwives.


In July 2009, he was elected Board Chair of The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, a position he diligently served for a 2-year term.


The candidature of Dr. Tedros, an internationally recognized malaria researcher and former Chairperson of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria, was endorsed by the entire continent during  a January 2016 Summit of Heads of States held in Ethiopia.


In November 2012, Tedros was appointed Minister of Foreign Affairs by Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn. In January 2016 at the Twenty Sixth Ordinary Session of the Assembly of the African Union, Tedros was endorsed as Africa’s sole candidate for the next election of the Director General of the World Health Organisation.


Tedros, as Ethiopia’s Health Minister between 2005 and 2012, hugely expanded healthcare in one of the world’s most difficult countries (Ethiopia); he created 3,500 health centres, while dramatically expanding the healthcare workforce. He built more medical schools and deployed nearly 40,000 community-based health workers across the country.


Speaking to the New Times on Monday, Rwanda’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and Spokesperson for government, Louise Mushikiwabo, described Dr Tedros as one of the best qualified individuals to lead the global agency.


She told The New Times on Monday that: “The upcoming WHO elections are important for Africa; because the continent has got one of the best qualified candidates, Dr Tedros.


“All African countries have united behind him, and Africa is ready to play its part in global health. For us in Rwanda, and for the larger eastern Africa, we feel proud and look forward to May 23,” she vowed.


Also backing the candidacy of  Dr. Tedros, Uganda’s Minister of State for EAC Affairs, Julius Maganda, praised the former Ethiopia’s Minister of Health  thus describing him as ‘‘the best contender” to be the global health agency’s eighth Director-General post.


He added: “We are very happy to see that we have got a candidate in Dr Tedros. This is a very good candidature and we really support it as a region,” Maganda said.


In January, WHO’s Executive Board drew up a shortlist of five candidates – Dr Tedros, Dr Sania Nishtar, 53, of Pakistan, Dr David Nabarro , 67, of the UK, Prof. Philippe Douste-Blazy, 64, of France and Dr Flavia Bustreo, 55, of Italy.


Out of the five candidates shortlisted, only three persons including Drs. Tedros, Nabarro and Nishtar, were selected by vote to proceed to the final vote by the World Health Assembly, the supreme decision-making body for WHO.


The next WHO Chief Executive will take over from Dr Margaret Chan, a Hong Kong Chinese and Canadian physician, who was first appointed in 2006, and whose second term ends June 30.





2 replies
  1. Alem
    Alem says:

    It is interesting and worrying that Bill Gates, Jeffrey Sachs, Kaiser are bent on getting Dr. Tedros Adhanom as the next WHO DG. The only way Dr. Tedros will get the job would be if WHO failed in its duty to check Tedros’s background, record, and qualification. Tedros is a politburo member of Ethiopia’s brutal and hated ruling party; he was appointed Minister of Health two years after earning his doctorate with literally no experience in running a national agency. His tenure and attempt at reorganizing Health resulted in missing funds and massive corruption. The evidence is all in public domain. If you care to know follow government reports closely. Gates and Sachs know this very well. Tedros was then appointed to Foreign Affairs, his only experience being his stay in Britain for five years as a foreign student. His two appointments were despite the fact that there were more qualified Ethiopians but not of the right ethnicity and party. Gates has had deep and worrying interest in population control [and Tedros as Health Minister] was very compliant for what some have said [with evidence] is a hidden ethnic politics of controlling rival ethnic groups. Sachs has been working in Ethiopia [in Tedros’s region] to teach villagers how to create and run a village thus bringing in disproportionate funding to the region rather than to where the most need is. Bribable Africans are yet what could corrupt the voting pattern. So what could Tedros bring to the table? Not the efficient running of an international organization but himself as tool in the hands of powerful individuals [Sachs and Gates] and Kaiser, all bent on promoting a global agenda. If we think the world is run on fairness and a sense of justice we fool ourselves and we have not been listening to why or how a Macron or a Trump simply appear from nowhere to rule the world. Even when it is public knowledge the individuals are incompetent and tools in the hands of the powerful.

    This should not mean we as a community could not stop such from forcing us to live on crumbs. That Dr. Tedros could pay an American PR agency tens of thousands of dollars and overnight turn into an advocate for human rights, health, and global cooperation is simply laughable. Charity begins at home; Tedros’s record is dismal to say the least. May I refer you to Tedros’s handling of 150,000 young women thrown out of Saudi Arabia four years ago. Can anyone tell us where those women are today? Or the killing last year of over 1,000 citizens and the jailing of 26,000 simply for protesting against forceful evacuation from their ancestral land? Interestingly, the UN’s request to investigate recent atrocities committed by Tedros and his party was refused. How would you explain the fact that a country whose leaders are known for massive corruption and human rights abuses would finance and send a politburo member as their candidate?

    Final thought: Everything we know about Tedros is provided us by the ruling party he is a member of and repackaged by a US-based PR agency at the cost of tens of thousands paid from state treasury. Ethiopia virtually has no free press.

  2. Mike
    Mike says:

    Dr.Tedros is one of the nine Executive members (politburo) of the governing TPLF (Tigray People’s Liberation Front), a minority regime ruling Ethiopia. TPLF rules Ethiopia under the cover name of EPRDF (Ethiopian People Revolutionary Democratic Front) with fake elections disputed by international organizations. TPLF is a political organization which came to power under armed struggle in 1991. As its name indicate, the people it “represented” (Tigre) is 6% of the population in Ethiopia. This minority political organization has ruled Ethiopia under Iron fist for the last 26 years. The regime is known for its brutal crackdown of opposition parties, mass killing, imprisonment, displacement, forced immigration, unemployment and human right abuse documented by international organizations. The regime is famous for cooking figures (fake statistics) to blind major international organization including financial, development, economic and health organization by delivering pseudo-truth on development, growth and economic indexes.

    Dr.Tedros is central person on all important decisions made by TPLF as the one of nine executive members. He is as TPLF top brass, responsible for millions of people displacement, thousands of killings and hundred thousands of Ethiopian’s imprisonment. TPLF uses “divide and rule ” policy to rule as minority while dividing majority by inciting one ethnic and nationalities against others and one religion against other to sustain its brutal regime. It uses a fake anti-terrorisms laws to stiffen any dissent or opposite opinion.

    Dr.Tedros was appointed as Minster of Health by late dictator Prime Minster Meles Zenawi, not due to the merit ( there were many professionals who were his senior, knowledgeable, experienced and well respected in the field than him) but due to his belonging to Tigray ethnicity and membership of TPLF political party. Although Dr.Tedros is presented as gentle, social, smiling, human and darling person to international organizations, Ethiopians working in health sectors and most oppressed people in Ethiopia know his actions in the political field.

    The “achievement” he was reported gaining in health field needs thorough investigation as his government are famous for cooking statistics/numbers. When his ” achievement” at country level is scrutinized, the candidate has treated his own citizens differently based on their ethnicity contrary to WHO’s goal of building a better, healthier future for all people throughout the world. Looking through in detail the publications from his ministry, his “achievement” as Minster of Health to Ethiopia was only improvement in “Tigray” region where he belongs against other regions of Ethiopia in health service coverage rate, population to nurse/doctor rate, iodised salt distribution, contraceptive method, family planning, antenatal care cover, delivery of birth by skilled professional, maternal mortality rate, perinatal mortality rate, neonatal mortality rate, under 5 mortality rate, vaccination cover, HIV prevalence and treatment rate etc.

    please see research by Amhara Professionals Union Research Department April 2017.

    Dr.Tedro’s Ministry of heath played great role in “population reduction” using chemical/ inject able contraceptives against Amahra People which TPLF consider it as “enemy of TPLF”. There was estimated 2.1 million people reduction in Amhara region of Ethiopia using this means. The Ethiopian parliament couldn’t figure out for the official National Statistics Census Commission’s report on this “unexpected” reduction of Amahra people. The Commission had reported in 2008 that the Amhara state’s population stood at 17.2 million, coming well short of the 19.6 million projection estimated for the region in 2006.

    According some reports, Dr.Tedros has failed to be transparent by forcing the Ethiopian Ministry of Health to not report and cover up a Cholera epidemic throughout his tenure by simply renaming a deadly epidemic as an Acute Watery Diarrhea (AWD) even after the diagnosis of Vibrio Cholerae was confirmed. His priority in deciding so was to conceal the impact a public admission of Cholera epidemic might have on Tourism and image of his Party rather than protecting the international community and attempting to reach out to the affected areas. Such a sad error due to lack of judgment resulted in a nationwide epidemic.

    Dr.Tedros as Ministry of Foreign affair was making political comments which was false against political prisoners, journalists and denied any of such prisoners being held in Ethiopia. He has shown poor judgement when he presented false statements on political prisoners. He also participated in arranging kidnapping of British Citizen of Ethiopian origin from Yemen against international norms. A person of such character, morality and ethics shouldn’t led noble organization like WHO.


    There are many people in Ethiopia who believe Dr.Tedros’s place is to face International Criminal Court in Hague than as candidate for Director-General in Geneva for WHO. The regime nominated one of its trusted member as its candidate with full financial backing and international lobby to lead this international organization to help itself in future to dilute any potential international accountability of TPLF’s atrocities in Ethiopia.

    WHO is at risk of tarnishing its reputation and noble cause by electing such an individual who will face in future International / Domestic Criminal Court for the crime he committed with his fellow comrades under TPLF umbrella against Ethiopian people.

    At present Dr.Tedros is presented on social media and traditional media as knowledgeable, intelligent, experienced health expert and diplomat by the international lobbies recruited by Ethiopian government, some international philanthropists and donor organization. The true picture will be revealed in due time. I hope WHO, the noble organization, will not be part of this ugly mud.

    – WHO: http://www.who.int/en/




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