Switzerland, (McKoy’s News) – World Health Organisation’s New Director General: Fifty Two-year-old Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus from Ethiopia will be the next Director-General of the World Health Organisation (WHO). He will be the first African to head the UN Agency, after winning the most votes from 186 member-states.
The World Health Organisation’s New Director General replaces Margaret Chan who will step down from her 10-year post on June 30, 2017. During her tenure, the WHO’s response to the Ebola epidemic in West Africa was criticized for being too slow. The Agency was accused of missing key warning signs about the severity of the outbreak that began in December 2013 and ultimately killed more than 11,000 people.
Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus who is a former Ethiopian Minister of Health and Foreign Affairs, promised to respond to future emergencies rapidly and effectively. He also promised to stand up for the rights of the poor.
Dr. Ghebreyesus is internationally recognized malaria research with a PhD in community health and former Chairman of the Board of the Global Fund to Fight Aids, TB, and Malaria.