Ethiopia's Foreign Minister Dr. Tedros Adhanom has formally announced his candidacy for WHO(World Health Organization) Director-General on May 24, 2016.
"It is time for a director-general who has lived through some of the most pressing challenges facing our world today", the former Ethiopian Minister of Health said in press conference, part of this year's World Health Assembly being held at Geneva's UN headquarters from May 23 to May 28.
Dr. Tedros is recognized worldwide as an experienced, collaborative, and diplomatic leader whose Health reform programs within Ethiopia has slashed the maternal mortality rate by 69 percent, infant mortality by two-thirds, and resulted in significant reduction in the prevalence of HIV, malaria and TB while he was Minister of Health between 2005 and 2012.
Dr. Tedros has also substantial international credentials who has chaired both the Roll Back Malaria Partnership and the Global Fund between 2007 and 2009 and 2009 and 2011 respectively.
He said that ensuring basic health care for everyone, strengthening emergency preparedness and response capabilities, and enhancing policies that improve the lives and health of women and girls would form the backbone of his mandate, if elected as WHO boss in the coming WHO election 2017.
Source: Dr Tedros official campaign website drtedros.com