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WHO elections

As Ethiopian Seeks to Head WHO, Outbreak at Home Raises Questions

The Malaysia Sun reviewed the controversy surrounding Lawrence Gostin’s allegations against WHO director-general candidate, Tedros Adhanom. In a New York Times article he alleged Tedros had been less than forthcoming in acknowledging outbreaks of cholera in Ethiopia, during his time as health minister, preferring to call it Acute Watery Diarrhoea. The paper lists the subsequent defence of Tedros by Tom Frieden, former CDC director, who argued the terminology was not irresponsible but rather a necessary compromise

May 23, 2017
Malaysia Sun

Physician’s letter in Lancet casts new shadow on Tedros WHO bid

The physician who leads the Africa Tobacco-Free Initiative published an open letter in The Lancet speaking out against the candidacy of Tedros Adhanom to become director general of the World Health Organization. He raised questions about the Ethiopian government’s deal-making role in a tobacco industry at odds with global health goals. Ashall references Ethiopia’s sale of shares in its National Tobacco Enterprise in 2016, a U.S.$510m deal overseen by two Ethiopian ministers and celebrated as an inroad into the Ethiopian market by Japan Tobacco International. This deal falls foul of the WHO Framework on Tobacco Control, and ‘as a former health minister aiming to become DG of WHO Tedros should have spoken out publicly against this tobacco deal,’ Ashall said

May 20, 2017
Africa Times

Tedros Adhanom receives massive support from African ambassadors to UN

African ambassadors from Ethiopia, Mozambique, Rwanda issued a statement urging support for Dr Tedros Adhanom’s candidacy to become director general of the World Health Organization

May 19, 2017
News Ghana

As WHO Director-General Election Nears, Ethiopia’s Candidate Is Accused of Cholera Cover-Ups

The recent story in the New York Times which questioned Tedros Adhanom’s record as health minister in Ethiopia accusing him up covering up cholera is provoking sharp reactions. Journalist Barry Malone, now an online editor for AlJazeera, says he was working for Reuters at the time in 2009 and obtained Minutes of an NGO/UN meeting at which a cholera outbreak was acknowledged. Malone goes on to say UN officials pressured him not to run this story at the time. Malone added ‘at the time UN officials regularly complained in private that a lack of acknowledgement from the government was stopping them getting more aid in’  

May 16, 2017
Global Voices

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

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

WHO DG Election: How Ethiopian Tedros’s track records makes him best man for the job

Vanguard Nigeria makes a strong case in support of its candidate to become the new Director General of the World Health Organization, Tedros Adhanom 

May 6, 2017

Ethiopia: Tedros Adhanom played a key role in kidnapping of prominent dissident

Opponents of WHO DG candidate, Tedros Adhanom, tell the story of his alleged involvement in the abduction of Ethiopian dissident and British citizen Andargachew Tsege – arguing that this illustrates his unsuitability for this important world role 

May 5, 2017

Promoting health through the life course

Rains fail again in East Africa, hunger on the rise - U.N.

Rains have failed for a third consecutive season in East Africa, wilting crops, killing livestock and entrenching a long drought that has pushed millions into hunger, the United Nations said. Some 16 million people are in need of humanitarian aid across areas of Somalia, Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda - 30 percent more than in late 2016 and their number expected to increase in the coming months, the U.N. food agency said

July 14, 2017

Ethiopia, humanitarian groups say food aid for 7.8 mln to run out

Ethiopia will run out of emergency food aid for nearly 8 million people hit by severe drought by the end of this month, the government and humanitarian groups said. In Ethiopia, the number of people now critically short of food is expected to rise by at least two million by next month, according to figures compiled by the government and its humanitarian partners

June 10, 2017
Trust.org, ITV

Hunger to hit emergency levels in Ethiopia despite rains

Hunger is likely to reach emergency levels in Ethiopia and the number in need of food aid will rise further, experts said, as drought has decimated livestock, rains have been erratic and aid is in short supply. The number of Ethiopians needing food aid will rise beyond the current 7.7m, with hunger reaching the fourth ‘emergency level’ on a five-phase scale, where the fifth level is famine

May 24, 2017

Preparedness, surveillance and response

Thousands dead in East Africa plagues

Severe drought has coincided with an outbreak of lethal diseases in the Horn of Africa region. Somalia is experiencing its largest outbreak of cholera in 5 years with 48,607 cases and 763 deaths. Over 1,400 measles cases have been reported since early June and there have been 9,813 suspected measles cases since the start of 2017. Ethiopia reports 35,665 cases of acute watery diarrhoea and 780 deaths since January. Across the country 1,981 suspected measles cases with 961 confirmed. Kenya has 3030 suspected cholera cases and three deaths

June 20, 2017
CAJ News

Somaliland – first victim of cholera reported as a cross-border case with Ethiopia

Cholera has spread to Somaliland from the Ethiopian border, with one case reported in the Sabawanaag district close to Hargeisa. The victim was taken to Hargeisa in a very serious condition and later died in hospital. No emergency team has been sent to the area affected by the contagious disease and there is no government plan to counter this epidemic which could pose a threat to the Somaliland population

April 12, 2017
Qaran News
April 9, 2017
Medisha Valley

Ethiopia declares another acute watery diarrhoea outbreak - 16,000 cases

Ethiopia has declared an outbreak of acute watery diarrhoea, also known as AWD, in the country’s Somali region, where people are already struggling to cope with a persistent drought. Dr. Akpaka Kalu, the World Health Organization representative to Ethiopia, told VOA on Friday that 16,000 cases of AWD had been recorded in the region since January

April 7, 2017
Voice of America
April 10, 2017
ESAT News, Journal Focus

Cholera spread rapidly in new territories in Ogaden, and the situation is out of Control

The Ogaden News Agency is reporting a cholera outbreak which is spreading through the Dollo, Korahay, Nogob, Jara and Afdheer regions killing hundreds. Local Ogaden groups want the international community to persuade Ethiopia to work with international bodies to set up a humanitarian corridor for health treatment and supplies

April 5, 2017
Ogaden News Agency

ONLF: 300 dead in cholera outbreak in eastern Ethiopia

More than 300 people have died due to cholera in the last 3 days in eastern Ethiopia, according to rebel group ONLF. The group said ‘a thousand more are in dire straits without access to medicine or health support’

March 8, 2017
Hiiraan.com, ZeHabesha.com, Ogaden News Agency

Health systems

New partnership to increase access to cancer medicines in Kenya

Kenya is one of the countries that will benefit from market access agreements between the American Cancer Society (ACS) and the Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI) with Pfizer Inc. and Cipla Inc. to expand access to sixteen essential cancer treatment medications, including chemotherapies. The other countries include Ethiopia, Nigeria, Uganda, Rwanda and Tanzania. The agreements will set competitive prices on the medicines, thus allowing African governments to realize substantial savings while improving the quality of available treatment

June 23, 2017
KBC Channel

Communicable diseases

Why Garbage Dumps Are so Dangerous

Open dumps for rubbish and waste in the developing world, such as the one in Ethiopia, where many tragic deaths recently occurred, are also hazards which can cause water pollution, loss of biodiversity, increased greenhouse gas emissions and the spread of mosquito-borne illnesses such as malaria. Accidents like the one in Addis Ababa only go to highlight this pressing danger even more

March 15, 2017