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WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom

24th May 2017

By: African News Agency


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The Chairperson of the African Union (AU) Commission Moussa Faki Mahamat, has congratulated Dr Tedros Adhanom on his election as the first ever African Director-General of the World Health Organisation (WHO).

“The world has chosen a consummate global health statesman with a strong track record of embedding global public health and health security as a vital cornerstone of human development,” said Moussa Faki Mahamat, Chairperson of the AU Commission.


Adhanom emerged victorious in a tough election against two strong candidates; Dr Sania Nishtar from Pakistan and Dr David Nabarro from the UK.

Adhanom was recently at the helm of drafting The African Union Agenda 2063, which represents the strategic framework guiding Africa’s development priorities for the next fifty years, while serving as Chair of the Executive Council of the AU.


Mahamat wished Tedros a successful tenure at the helm of WHO robustly working towards a better, healthier future for all people around the globe.

The AU Commission affirms its support of Tedros’s priorities which include WHO reform; universal health coverage; health security; women, child and adolescent health; and the health impacts of climate and environmental change.

The AU Commission Chairperson also thanks African Ministers of health for their united and steadfast support for Tedros during the campaign.


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