First Elected African Director-General of WHO

First elected African Director General of the World Health Organization, Dr Tedros, is best known for having drastically cutting deaths from malaria, AIDS, tuberculosis and neonatal problems when he was Ethiopia’s health minister. He trained 40,000 female health workers, hired outbreak investigators, improved the national laboratory, organized an ambulance system and oversaw a tenfold increase in medical school graduates. The remarkable landmark on human resource development with 40,000 female health workers and a 10 fold increase in the number of graduating doctors is something the Nigerian Health system needs urgently. He promised as the head of W.H.O. to pursue health insurance in even the poorest nations, strengthen emergency responses and make the agency more accountable and transparent.

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