New WHO Director General Should Apply Political Capital, Experience To Help Change Politics Of Global Health

BMJ Blog: Ilona Kickbusch: The new director general of WHO and the politics of global health
Ilona Kickbusch, director of the Global Health Centre at the Graduate Institute for International and Development Studies, discusses challenges Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus will likely face in his new role as WHO director general, as well as two political opportunities he should “take advantage of: 1. High level political processes … 2. A new global health compact.” Kickbusch writes, “This is a historical moment and the large structural issues at stake for global health must be addressed. Tedros will need to ensure that his political focus and determination are not diverted. … It is not only the future of the WHO that is at stake” (5/31).

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