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WHO gets new head

National News // May 24, 2017

The World Health Organisation has a new head. The Ethiopian Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus was elected at the annual assembly after a hard fought battle. With the support of African nations, Dr Tedros, as he is known, took more than half the votes in the first round – and then won a decisive second round against the British candidate David Nabarro.

Chatham House WHO gets new head

He replaces Margret Chan who ran the organization for 10 years. Under her leadership the organization was criticized for secrecy and a botched response to the Ebola crises.

The new head was praised for his leadership of Ethiopia’s health department which he ran from 2005 to 2012. But there have also been criticisms about Ethiopia’s response to a cholera epidemic and the government’s human rights record while he was a member. 

Tags: UN, geneva, health, WHO

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