Addis Ababa May 24//2017 African Union (AU) Commission Chairperson Moussa Faki Mahamat has warmly congratulated Dr. Tedros Adhanom on his election as the first ever Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO) from Africa.
According to a press release issued yesterday, Chairperson 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”.
It noted that Dr. Tedros emerged victorious in a tough election against two strong candidates, namely Dr. Sania Nishtar from Pakistan and Dr. David Nabarro from the United Kingdom.
The elected WHO Director-General 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.
Chairperson Mahamat wished Dr. Tedros a successful tenure at the helm of WHO robustly working towards a better, healthier future for all people around the globe.
He also affirmed AU’s support to Dr. Tedros’s priorities, which include WHO reform, universal health coverage, health security, women, child and adolescent health as well as the health impacts of climate and environmental change.
The AU Commission Chairperson also thanked African Ministers of Health for their united and steadfast support for Dr. Tedros during the campaign.