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FHI 360 applauds the selection of Dr. Tedros as new head of WHO

June 05, 2017 —

FHI 360 commends the election of Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus as the next Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO).

Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus responding to questions from journalists, during the post-election press conferenceDr. Tedros, who will assume his new position in July, will direct and coordinate WHO, the United Nations health program with the mandate of ensuring the highest possible level of health for all human beings through the guidance and oversight of disease control and health promotion initiatives worldwide. He is the first African to be chosen to serve as Director-General.

The role of Director-General has broad implications for health globally and is essentially linked to progress for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which Dr. Tedros has expressed interest in supporting. “I believe the global commitment to sustainable development — enshrined in the Sustainable Development Goals — offers a unique opportunity to address the social, economic and political determinants of health and improve the health and well-being of people everywhere,” Dr. Tedros said in a 2016 statement.

FHI 360 collaborates with WHO on many levels within its global health portfolio, particularly as related to the policies and guidelines WHO offers for health programming.

“Dr. Tedros has demonstrated his commitment to using evidence-based solutions to solve the world’s most pressing health challenges — one of our guiding principles at FHI 360,” said Dr. Timothy Mastro, Chief Science Officer, FHI 360. “His interventions to develop health systems and the health workforce have delivered population-wide impact. FHI 360 shares his vision for positive change, and we look forward to collaboration on many levels.”

Hear Patrick Fine, Chief Executive Officer of FHI 360, and Dr. Muhammad Ali Pate, an eminent physician and Chief Executive Officer of Big Win Philanthropy, discuss global health and the SDGs in a recent Deeper Look podcast.

Photo caption: Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus responding to questions from journalists, during the post-election press conference.

Photo credit: WHO/L. Cipriani