New Secretary General for the WHO

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Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreysus  has set out 5 main action areas for his period of office:

  • Achieving universal health coverage
  • Strengthening the capacity of national authorities and local communities to detect, prevent and manage health emergencies;
  • Improving the health of and wellbeing of women, children and adolescents;
  • addressing the health impacts of climate and environmental change;
  • building a transformed and transparent WHO

His vision:

I envision a world in which everyone can live healthy productive lives, regardless of who they are or where they live. I believe the global commitment to sustainable development – enshrined in the Sustainable Development Goals- offers a unique opportunity to address the social, economic and political determinants of health and improve the health and well being of people everywhere.

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