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WHO Chief Tedros Reappointed to Second Five-year Term

First elected in 2017, his re-election by secret ballot, was confirmed during the 75th World Health Assembly in Geneva.

His re-election was confirmed during the 75th World Health Assembly in Geneva. He was the sole candidate.

WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus

World Health Organisation (WHO)  member states on Tuesday confirmed the re-election of Dr Tedros  Adhanom Ghebreyesus for a second term as Director-General. 

“This honour, though, comes with great responsibility and I am committed to working with all countries, my colleagues around the world, and our valued partners, to ensure WHO delivers on its mission to promote health, keep the world safe and serve the vulnerable,” said Dr Tedros.

His re-election was confirmed during the 75th World Health Assembly in Geneva. He was the sole candidate.

Dr Tedros  Adhanom Ghebreyesus is the first African to lead the agency and the only director-general not qualified as a medical doctor.

Dr Tedros’s new mandate officially commences on 16 August 2022. A Director-General can be re-appointed once, in accordance with World Health Assembly rules and procedures.

During his first term, Dr Tedros instituted a wide-ranging Transformation of the WHO, aimed at increasing the Organization’s efficiency driving impact at the country level to promote healthier lives, protect more people in emergencies and increase equitable access to health. He also guided WHO’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, outbreaks of Ebola in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and the health impacts of multiple other humanitarian crises.

Before first being appointed WHO Director-General, Dr Tedros served as Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ethiopia from 2012–to 2016 and as Minister of Health, Ethiopia from 2005– 2012.

He had 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 Board of the Partnership for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health.


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