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AU congratulates Dr Tedros Adhanom as first WHO Director-General from Africa

The African Union has congratulated Dr Tedros Adhanom on his new position as Director-General of the World Health Organisation. He is the first African to be elected as leader of WHO after defeating two strong contenders, Britain’s David Nabarro and Pakistan’s Sania Nishtar.

In a statement released yesterday, Chairperson of the African Union (AU) Commission H.E. Moussa Faki Mahamat,  said “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.”

Dr 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.

H.E. Mahamat wishes Dr 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 Dr 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 Dr Tedros during the campaign. When Africa speaks with one voice, She wins.

The 52-year old Tedros, who was appointed as health minister of Ethiopia in 2005 holds a doctorate from Nottingham University in the United Kingdom. He is malaria expert.

Solomon Obende
Solomon Obende is a graduate of Public Administration from the prestigious Ambrose Alli University who is passionate about communications for development. He is proficient in crafting effective social media strategies. He listens to Jimmy Cliff's songs daily.

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