WHO Should Elect Ethiopia’s Former Health, Foreign Affairs Minister, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, As Next WHO Director General
Devex: Opinion: The election that matters for the health of the world
Prashant Yadav, senior fellow at the William Davidson Institute at the University of Michigan and visiting scholar at the Harvard Medical School, and Akash Goel, physician and journalist
“…In the current context of what the WHO needs the most, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, former health and foreign affairs minister of Ethiopia, is the most qualified [candidate] for the role [of director general]. … Tedros’ suitability for director general rests [on] is his irrefutable ability to create and build efficient and sustainable health systems, the linchpin of health care delivery. … This election may well represent a watershed moment in the architecture of global health governance. The WHO urgently needs a leader to repair its deficit in finances and credibility. Fractured and under-resourced health systems are in need of fortification to not only project those within their own borders but also to build resilience against the rise of transnational threats to public health. Tedros is the candidate to do both, and it would be in all of our best interest to elect him” (1/27).