| | |

Tag search: "Elections"

WHO elections

Ethiopia's Tedros wins WHO race, first African to get top job

The former Ethiopian health minister and foreign minister received more than half the votes in the first round of elections to become director general of WHO, and then he also won a decisive second round election, beating David Nabarro to the job. The role has never been earned through a competitive vote before and health officials from all over the world met in Geneva at the World Health Assembly and voted behind closed doors

May 23, 2017

Three health experts emerge finalists for top job at WHO in its first-ever election

First Post considers the track records of the three candidates vying to become the next director-general of the World Health Organization. It considers the issues facing WHO and the plans it has to lay out on issues like the fight against polio, preparedness for pandemic flu and antimicrobial resistance

May 20, 2017
First Post

3 vie for top WHO post in UN health agency election

The publication takes a look at the WHO DG election and briefly runs a slide rule over the three candidates and their backgrounds. It also outlines the challenges the organization faces moving forward

May 20, 2017
ABC News, wbalnews 1090, Gazette.com, Daily Mail, New York Daily News, Indian Express, Miami Herald

How to Fix the WHO

The writers call for a stronger centralized reporting and operational structure which would enhance WHO ability to command and control projects. This would assist in better streamlining resource allocation and improve crisis management response. A centralized budget linked to NGOs would provide funding flexibility to cover regional funding shortfalls, reducing reliance on private funding. The writers call on the new director-general to restructure WHO with an eye to meet the demands of the 21st century

May 19, 2017
International Policy Digest

An election that could seriously improve our health

The Financial Times’ Gillian Tett reports that the 193 members of the UN are meeting next week to cast their ballot to select the next head of the World Health Organization. She outlines the three candidates and their contrasting styles of leadership and underscores some of the challenges facing the organization in a new Trump funding age

May 19, 2017
Financial Times

What we know as WHO heads into historic election

Devex objectively looks at the three candidates to become director-general of the World Health Organization and makes a stab at assessing how the world’s delegations may be planning to vote next Tuesday and their reasons why. The publication considers the chances of each candidate in the context of what is known so far and puts Tedros Adhanom ahead, by implication at least, but not by much, stressing ‘many countries are keeping their cards close and anything can happen with a secret ballot’

May 19, 2017

Dr Who - Who Will Lead The WHO?

Next week there will be a new figurehead for the global health community as the World Health Organization votes to appoint a new Director General. The role is a tough and BBC World Service features a programme which discusses both the candidates and the issues they will face if they win the job next week 

May 19, 2017
BBC Worldservice

The lead candidate for the world’s top health job is being accused of covering up deadly epide...

Dr Tedros Adhanom is being accused of allegedly covering up cholera epidemics in 2006, 2009 and 2011. The government labelled the outbreaks, which led to the deaths of hundreds of people, as acute watery diarrhoea, a symptom of cholera. The controversy comes as Ethiopia is experiencing another outbreak which it has again labelled as diarrhoea. Human rights organizations say the Ethiopians are pressurising health professionals not to refer to the outbreak as cholera 

May 18, 2017

Ethiopia’s candidate for the World Health Organization doesn’t like mentioning a certain dis...

Since a cholera outbreak in 2006 in the Oromia region, Ethiopia has referred to the disease as ‘acute watery diarrhoea’, a symptom of cholera. Tests at the time by the UN confirmed it was actually cholera.  Since then there have been several AWD outbreaks including in Addis Ababa in 2016, and in the drought-hit Somali region, where more than 16,000 have been diagnosed since January and 3,500 new cases are being identified every month. None have been identified as cholera, which is a breach of the WHO rules to report disease outbreaks

May 18, 2017
Washington Post

Ahead of WHO Leadership Elections - ‘Dirty Tricks’ Aim to Muddy Africa’s Choice

Tedros ‘is having a week from hell’ the paper says, as he is on the receiving end of a barrage of allegations designed to fracture his chances to lead the WHO. Aides told the paper the New York Times article accusing him of covering up cholera outbreaks in Ethiopia was nothing more than a smear campaign designed to ruin his chances

May 18, 2017
Front Page Online

The World Needs Dr. Tedros Adhanom As Director General of WHO

A regional blog speaks out in favour of Tedros Adhanom’s candidacy to run the World Health Organization. It lists his talking points from Dr Tedros’ website and warmly backs his campaign

May 18, 2017
Walta Info

The world needs Dr. Tedros Adhanom as Director General of WHO

The Ethiopian government press is using a quote, seemingly out of context, to create the impression that Bill Clinton backs the Tedros for WHO DG campaign 

May 18, 2017
Ethiopian Herald

Who is Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Ethiopia's candidate to lead the World Health Organisation?

The International Business Times looks at the background and candidacy of Tedros Adhanom and discusses his vision and reasons why he is seeking to become the next director general of WHO 

May 18, 2017
International Business Times

What makes a great WHO chief? A conversation with Halfdan Mahler

Dr Franklin Apfel recalls the wisdom of Dr Halfdan Mahler with whom he discussed what characteristics make a great Director General of the World Health Organization. He brings out points such as ‘letting everyone know they can achieve something really great and unity can be found in well-articulated common values and aspirations.’ To Apfel it is about ‘the capacity to embody, communicate and use WHO’S constitutional values to inspire, catalyse and lead people to take actions that put health for all first.’ He also says he believes Dr David Nabarro is the closest of the three candidates to having this quality most

May 18, 2017
The News Minute

Sierra Leone News: WHO Director General candidate visits VP Foh

Tedros Adhanom paid a courtesy call on the Sierra Leone vice president, Victor Foh, asking for his support for his candidacy to become the director general of the World Health Organization. It also states he is moving his campaign onward next to Liberia and Guinea

May 18, 2017

Pakistan calls upon women of the world to support Sania Nishtar’s candidacy for DG WHO

The National Commission on the Status of Women has issued a call to women all over the world to support the candidacy of Sania Nishtar of Pakistan to become the next Director General of the World Health Organization

May 18, 2017
Ary News

U.K. candidate, David Nabarro, promises shake-up in WHO

David Nabarro has promised to target 50% female representation including in senior roles at the World Health Organization if he gets elected as Director General next week. Nabarro vowed to start changing the culture and the way of working in Geneva and across the world with a big drive on transparency and accountability, which should improve trust in WHO and improve performance

May 18, 2017
Guardian Nigeria

In WHO Race, ICP Asks UN About Emails to UN Staff, Spox Urges Neutrality, UNlike Jeff Sachs on W...

The conduct of some UN staff in terms of their neutrality in the forthcoming World Health Organization Director General elections is called into question. The blogger asks about their alleged involvement in aiding David Nabarro’s DG election campaign

May 17, 2017
Inner City Press

Attacks On WHO Candidate Are Defamatory, ‘Colonial’, Ambassador Says

The African union delegation to the United Nations came in outspoken numbers to a press briefing today to express their unshakable support for the Ethiopian candidate to be the next head of the World Health Organization, Tedros Adhanom. Asked about recent allegations in the press about Tedros’ part in a cover-up of cholera epidemics in his country, the African ambassadors said it was defamatory allegations done by a nervous competing candidate. The ambassador added this was an example of a colonial mentality

May 17, 2017

Businesses From PepsiCo to Pfizer Have a Stake in Who Leads WHO

Bloomberg discusses the forthcoming director general election to lead the World Health Organization and links the issues WHO has a hand in to the interests of the business community. It lists the ten reasons why this election is of particular interest to businesses all over the globe

May 17, 2017

I'm confident because of transparency stance

The Gulf Times talks to Dr Sania Nishtar about her campaign to become the new head of the World Health Organization

May 15, 2017
Gulf Times

La OMS es la única autoridad legítima para evaluar la toxicidad de los agroquímicos, asegura ...

David Nabarro was interviewed about his candidacy to become Director General and his vision for the World Health Organization going forward by Uruguayan newspaper La Diaria 

May 10, 2017
La Diaria

An exemplary candidate for WHO

Former health minister, Lord Darzi of Denham, now Director of the Institute of Global Health Innovation at Imperial College London wrote a glowing recommendations for the candidacy of Dr David Nabarro to become the next Director General of the World Health Organization

May 10, 2017
Gulf Times

Campaign for WHO elections discussed

Pakistan has launched an election campaign to support Dr Sania Nishtar’s candidacy to become the next Director General of the World Health Organization 

May 10, 2017
The News
May 9, 2017
Pakistan Observer

Civil Society supports Dr. Sania Nishtar for DG WHO slot

Spearheaded by LEAD Pakistan, more than 120 civil society organizations from Pakistan have united behind Dr Sania Nishtar and her vision for a new World Health Organization 

May 10, 2017
Online News, The News

Feud Erupts Over Ethiopian in Race for Top Post at World Health Body

Critics of Dr Tedros have been using Twitter to claim he is part of an inner circle of the regime well known for its systematic patterns of political repression and egregious human rights violations against Ethiopian citizens. Meanwhile, The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights visited Ethiopia and expressed his concern over the misuse of legislation in Ethiopia to supress human rights and basic freedoms

May 10, 2017
LA Sentinel

We need a revolution in mindsets at the top of the World Health Organization

Mukesh Kapila writes an opinion article on how the World Health Organization needs a revolution in mind set at the top of the organisation. He points out that medical science has never been so productive and yet health inequalities have never been wider and that more of the same is not an option

May 9, 2017
Guardian, Kaiser Foundation

Health leadership in a multipolar world: A view from Europe

Johanna Ralston, a fellow at the Geneva Centre for Security Policy and a former CEO of the World Heart Federation, writes an opinion article on leadership for healthcare on the global stage and says she is backing the candidacy of Sania Nishtar to become next DG

May 9, 2017

Whoever fills the role, the new WHO director-general has a rocky road ahead

Sonia Allan, consultant on Health Law and Governance, writes an explanatory article outlining the global challenges facing the three candidates to become the World Health Organization’s next Director General. Allan explains the biographies and experience of all candidates and what hurdles they need to overcome

May 9, 2017
Catch News

WHO to get new Director General

New Vision Uganda’s Joyce Namutebi tells readers that the World Health Organization is electing a new Director General at the end of May. She outlines details of the process and explains a little bit about each candidate

May 9, 2017
New Vision

Africa poised for top WHO post as Tedros is tipped as favourite

In-Profile Daily writes an opinion article backing the candidacy of Tedros Adhanom to become the next Director General of the World Health Organization 

May 8, 2017
In-Profile Daily

The WHO needs a public health person, not a politician to lead it

The News Minute points out the value of solid leadership which empowers the team to achieve more by deepening the sense of genuine common purpose which can help WHO demonstrate stronger global public health leadership 

May 7, 2017
The News Minute

Ethiopia stands as a global model for effective health system reform

Supporters of the candidacy of Tedros Adhanom produce an opinion article backing his candidacy to become the next director general of the World Health Organization 

May 7, 2017
Geeska Afrika

Where do the (3) candidates for the next WHO Director General stand on the most challenging glob...

Plos Blogs asks the three candidates for DG of WHO for their view on the most critical issues in global health

May 4, 2017

Whoever Fills The Role, The New WHO Director-General Has A Rocky Road Ahead

The Huffington Post highlights the forthcoming World Health Assembly in Geneva, where all 194 member countries will vote on the next director-general of the World Health Organization. It features the candidates biographies and the challenges they and the organization will need to face 

May 3, 2017
Huffington Post, The Conversation

Who Will Be the Next Leader of the WHO?

Leading international health consultant Sonia Allan outlines the challenges which are facing the next Director General of the World Health Organization 

May 3, 2017

Nation should raise support ahead of WHA: ex-official

Taipei Times says the nation should garner the support of the international community and the next WHO director general ahead of the World Health Assembly later this month. Taiwan’s minister of Health said he will lead a delegation to the WHA even if he does not receive an invitation 

May 1, 2017
Taipei Times

Dr Tedros is the Leader the WHO Needs

Nicole Schiegg, a former USAID advisor, writes an opinion article for the Huffington Post advocating Tedros Adhanom as being the best candidate to lead the World Health Organization 

May 1, 2017
Huffington Post

Ethiopia: Dr. Tedros Receives Paul Harris Fellow Award

Rotary International Ethiopia bestowed the Paul Harris Fellow Award on Tedros Adhanom for his contribution to creating a polio-free Ethiopia 

May 1, 2017

Opinion: Who should lead WHO (Pt. 3 of 3)? Dr. David Nabarro, “a frontline clinician and globa...

Plos Blogs feature an opinion article by leading expert Rashid A. Chotani in which he makes a strong case for Dr David Nabarro to become the next Director General of the World Health Organization 

May 1, 2017

Tedros DG campaign forges ahead in final weeks before WHO vote

Africa Times features the candidacy of Tedros Adhanom as he campaigns to become Director General of the World Health Organization at the end of May 

April 30, 2017
Africa Times

Republic of Indonesia stopover in campaigns to lead WHO

The Jakarta Post reports that two of the three candidates to be DG at the World Health Organization (David Nabarro and Sania Nishtar) visited Indonesia to discuss the challenges a diverse developing nation faces as it is having to participate more in meeting global health challenges 

April 28, 2017
Jakarta Post

Who will be the World Health Organisation's next Director-General?

Abc.net.au previews its programme featuring a discussion of who will be the next Director General of the World Health Organization 

April 28, 2017

The WHO failed on Ebola. With a future pandemic inevitable it needs reform

Former UK international development secretary, Andrew Mitchell, writes an opinion article in The Guardian in which he argues that Tedros Adhanom is the best candidate to lead reform inside the World Health Organization 

April 27, 2017

UK nominee to focus on Pacific islands

One of the nominees for the position of Director General of the World Health Organization has vowed to help the pacific nations develop their health services and promote healthier lifestyles 

April 27, 2017
Fiji Broadcasting Corporation

UK candidate for top WHO job vows to help Pacific

Attending meetings at the Pacific Heads of Health Meeting in Suva this week Dr David Nabarro said if elected as Director General of WHO he would seek to create a special relationship between WHO and the Pacific island countries through special initiatives 

April 26, 2017
Fiji Times

David Nabarro: “The role I have been training for my entire life.”

Global Health Now publishes an interview with Dr David Nabarro, explaining his suitability for the role of director general of WHO and his vision for the organization

April 24, 2017
Global Health Now

As WHO Elects New Leader

Both Nigeria Today and Leadership outline the challenges facing a future leader of the World Health Organization but do not express a preferred candidate 

April 24, 2017
Nigeria Today, Leadership

Dr. Tedros Adhanom for WHO DG: The Right Person at the Right Time

The team at Strategic Thinking on East Africa plump for Tedros Adhanom as their preferred candidate to become DG at the World Health Organization in May 

April 21, 2017

As member-states elect the next WHO leader

A leading expert with a background of experience working with WHO discusses the forthcoming WHO DG elections and concludes Sania Nishtar is best placed to lead the organization

April 19, 2017
Guardian Nigeria

Future of Health: A Call for Leadership from the Western Pacific Region

Two leading New Zealand professors, both with UN WHO backgrounds, make the case for the region offering its support for Sania Nishtar as the best candidate to run the World Health Organization and succeed Margaret Chan 

April 18, 2017
Samoa Observer

Now Is the Moment to Tackle Mental Illness Across the Globe

Dr David Nabarro wrote an opinion piece for Time magazine in which he issued a call for the world to come together to tackle mental illness across the globe 

April 7, 2017

We cannot be unprepared for the next global health emergency: Dr. David Nabarro

Dr David Nabarro is the UK Candidate to be the next Director-General of the WHO. He said that “We cannot afford to be unprepared for the next global emergency. I have experience on the ground, in communities and in running international crisis responses to ensure that WHO is ready to respond promptly when, not if, the next crisis hits

May 8, 2016
The News Minute

Health systems

WHO Director General Candidates Showcase Campaigns To The World

IP-Watch reported on the recent Geneva Health Centre event which featured a Q&A with the remaining three candidates seeking to become the new Director General of the World Health

March 7, 2017