We support dr Tedros Adhanom

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Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, head of the World Health Organization (WHO), has become the public face of the global fight against coronavirus.

A former health minister and foreign minister of Ethiopia, he was elected in May 2017 as the WHO’s first African director-general, vowing to make universal health care his central priority. Dr. Tedros was born in Asmara, Eritrea. Dr Tedros became a member of the Tigray People's Liberation Front (TPLF), which was in the vanguard of the 1991 overthrow of Ethiopia's Marxist dictator, Mengistu Haile Mariam. Now 55, he holds a doctorate of philosophy in community health and a master of science in immunology of infectious diseases, both from British universities. 

As the health minister of Ethiopia, he has spearheaded the health sector reform in his country and providing exemplary leadership. He has galvanized bilateral and multi-sectoral partnerships that culminated in his country achieving the millennium development goal for child survival; He has forged regional partnerships and generating global momentum for accelerating sustainable development; Dr. Tedros’s leadership has brought outstanding achievement in the reduction of child mortality in Ethiopia, a successful malaria control program, through the Health Extension Program which countries in Africa are taking it as a model for reduction of morbidity and mortality in the general population and in women and children in particular.

Since taking the helm of WHO, he has instituted reforms at the U.N. agency’s headquarters in Geneva and 150 country offices, with a total of 7,000 staff. Tedros prides himself on going into the field to support WHO operations, making 10 trips to the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo during its 19-month-old Ebola epidemic, now close to being halted. Weeks after the new coronavirus emerged in China, he flew to Beijing, returning with a commitment for transparency from the chines government. He has also done a great job waking up the world about the impending pandemic and rung the alarm bell loud and clear. Dr. Tewodros’s experience and leadership quality have already been tested for at least a decade. He showed his strategies with remarkable results.

We reject and denounce all politically motivated attacks on Dr. Tedros, and attempt to tarnish his exemplary leadership and reputation. He knows that the WHO's success in tackling global health crises depends on the co-operation of the organization's 194 member states.