Why Dr. Tedros Adhanom of Ethiopia should lead the World Health Organization (WHO), writes Samuel Getachew for HuffPost Impact

By Samuel Getachew (HuffPost Impact) |

Ethiopia is a country of limitless possibilities and challenges. As important as it is to never neglect to note its many challenges, it’s also important to embrace and celebrate its achievements as well. In reflecting on where the country is headed, it would be foolish and unfair to look for a perfect scenario.

There is no perfect society. My adopted country, Canada, while a model for many, still faces many challenges to overcome. As Harvard Professor, Calestous Juma once confided to me, it is better to be positive when it comes to Africa, rather than be its constant critic from a distance. In the words of Albert Einstein – “The world is a dangerous place to live, not because of the people who are evil, but because of the people who don’t do anything about it.”

That is why, I am proud to endorse the efforts of Ethiopia’s Foreign Minister, Tedros Adhanom (Phd) and hope his approach will be welcomed around the world as the next Secretary General of the World Health Organization (WHO).

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For the past three decades, Dr. Tedros Adhanom, led many institutions that have benefited from his wisdom, unique leadership and they each have shown a real, remarkable impact on the ground. As health minister, for instance, he was a celebrated advocate for accessible health care for all. He led the effort to build 3,500 health centers in all areas of Ethiopia, including those that are hard to reach in the urban areas of the country and led the fight to reduce the child mortality rate of the country by a significant number.

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  1. Dr Frank Ashall

    There are many reasons why Dr Tedros Adanhom is absolutely ethically unsuitable as WHO Director General. His support, even direct involvement, in tobacco deals, denial is cholera epidemics, use of health workers as government party “spies,” endorsement, as integral member of the Ethiopian regime, of torture, jailing and killing of citizens, and abuse of human rights…



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