IGCS congratulates the newly elected Director General of the World Health Organization, Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.

The new Director was elected on May 23, 2017 and will begin his five year term on July 1, 2017. Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus was previously the Minister of Health and the Minister of Foreign Affairs in Ethiopia as well as serving as Chairman of multiple health related boards. According to the WHO press release, “As Minister of Health, Ethiopia, Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus led a comprehensive reform effort of the country’s health system, including the expansion of the country’s health infrastructure, creating 3,500 health centres and 16,000 health posts; expanded the health workforce by 38,000 health extension workers; and initiated financing mechanisms to expand health insurance coverage.” His accomplishments are great and are further detailed in the WHO press release.