Tedros Adhanom is re-elected WHO Director-General

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Members of the World Health Organization (WHO) re-elected Tedros Adhanom as director-general on Tuesday (24), during the 75th World Health Assembly.

According to a WHO statement, the vote was the conclusion of an electoral process that began in April 2021, when Member States were invited to submit proposals for candidates for the post of director-general. The WHO Executive Board, meeting in January 2022, nominated Adhanom for a second term.

The new term officially begins on 16 August 2022. A Director-General can be reappointed once, in accordance with the rules and procedures of the World Health Assembly.

During his first term, Adhanom guided the WHO’s response to the Covid-19 pandemic, Ebola outbreaks in the Democratic Republic of Congo, and the health impacts of other humanitarian crises.

Prior to being appointed WHO Director-General, Adhanom served as Ethiopia’s Minister of Foreign Affairs from 2012 to 2016 and as Ethiopia’s Minister of Health from 2005 to 2012. He also served as Chair of the Board of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS , Tuberculosis and Malaria; as Chair of the Roll Back Malaria (RBM) Partnership Board; and as co-chair of the Partnership for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health Council.

The information was also published by the German Health Minister, Karl Lauterbach, on Twitter. “Just re-elected #WHO Director-General: @DrTedros. 155/160 votes, spectacular result. Congratulations, fully deserved,” Lauterbach posted.

Brazilian support

The Brazilian government has decided to support the reappointment for a second term of the WHO Director-General, Tedros Adhanom.

The information was forwarded to CNN by presidential auxiliaries and confirmed by the Minister of Health, Marcelo Queiroga. The Minister of Health attends the World Health Assembly in Geneva, Switzerland.

(With information from Lucas Rocha and Gustavo Uribe, from CNN)

Source: CNN Brasil

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