WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus Delivers First Speech To Agency Staff, Emphasizes Health As Human Right

Devex: Tedros gives first address to WHO staff: ‘My door will always be open’
“The new director general of the World Health Organization, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, has outlined three overarching priorities in his first address to staff this week — emphasizing an open leadership style and a commitment to listening to staff concerns. Reflecting the priorities emphasized during his leadership campaign and the transition period following his election in May, Tedros spoke about achieving universal health care coverage; measuring and delivering results, including bringing more efficiency and value for money to WHO’s work in the hope of gaining the trust of member states, partners and donors; and engaging and motivating staff…” (Ravelo, 7/4).

Intellectual Property Watch: New WHO Director Tedros’s Opening Vision: People First
“…[H]e restated the top four priorities he said came from WHO member states during the year-long campaign. The priorities are: universal health coverage; health emergencies; women’s, children’s, and adolescents’ health; [and] health impacts of climate and environmental change. Of these, he said universal health coverage ‘is at the center,’ stressing women and children in particular…” (New, 7/4).

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