PERSON AND PLACES
Mr.Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus of Ethiopia was reappointed as the Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO) for a term of five years.
He has been selected for the post, as there is no other candidate challenging Mr.Tedros for the post amid the ongoing difficulties of responding to the devastating coronavirus pandemic.
He was the first African to lead the agency from 2017 to 2022 and the only director-general not qualified as a medical doctor.
He is a former government minister from Ethiopia, has directed WHO throughout its management of the global response to COVID-19, and withstood occasionally withering criticism over its multiple missteps. He is also the first WHO leader not to be supported by their home country. After signing the contract for his extension Mr.Tedros described himself as a child of war.
The World Health Organization (WHO)is a specialized agency of the United Nations established in 1948, responsible for international public health. It has six regional offices and 150 field offices worldwide. The WHO has played a leading role in several public health achievements, most notably the eradication of smallpox, the near eradication of polio, and the development of an Ebola vaccine. The World Health Assembly WHO is the decision-making body, that elects and advises an executive board made up of 34 health specialists.