Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, a former Ethiopian health minister, has been chosen to head the World Health Organisation (WHO) and is the first African to do so since the creation of the United Nations agency in 1948. He will begin his five-year term on 1 July 2017.
Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has replaced Margret Chan who steps down after ten years as the WHO chief. Ghebreyesus defeated British candidate and former Special Envoy of the Secretary-General on Ebola David Nabarro for the ongoing 70th session of the World Health Assembly (WHA). Also, for the first time, the WHO Director-General was chosen through a secret ballot process.
Static Takeaways for SBI PO Mains Exam-
- WHO’s Constitution came into force on 7 April 1948, a date which is celebrated every year as World Health Day
- WHO headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland.
- Dr B. Chisholm was the first Director-General of WHO