Feud Erupts Over Ethiopian in Race for Top Post at World Health Body

By Global Information Network | May 10, 2017

(GIN) – As member states are preparing to vote for one of three final candidates seeking the top position at the World Health Organization, Ethiopians on social media are battling it out with government over the nomination of a well-funded candidate for the top spot.


In the official bio of Dr. Tedros Adhanom, he is a visionary leader (who) guided Ethiopia and numerous global health organizations to achieve game-changing results and increase their impact.

“He transformed Ethiopia’s health system to expand quality care and access to tens of millions of Ethiopians, and helped key global actors like The Global Fund and the Roll Back Malaria Partnership operate with greater efficiency and effectiveness.

“As Director-General, Dr. Tedros’ vision, collaborative approach and proven effectiveness will help WHO better protect the health of all people.”

Minister Dr. Tedros also received support from the African Union’s Executive Council.

But critics of Dr. Tedros have been using Twitter to claim that he’s part of the inner circle of the regime well known for its systematic patterns of political repression and egregious human rights violations against Ethiopian citizen.

“The abysmal human rights record of the Ethiopian regime is very well documented by all the major international rights groups (Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International and Freedom House) as well as by the U.S. State Department in its annual human rights report,” the critics assert.

Dr. Tedros is running against David Nabarro of the UK who has held the post of special adviser to the U.N. Secretary-General on the 2030 Agenda for sustainable development and Climate Change, and Sania Nishtar of Pakistan – “best known for bold and transformational leadership in health… A combination of high-level experience in government, civil society and in multilateral institutions, as well as her background as a physician, scientist and thought leader on public health, uniquely position her to drive the reform of the WHO, ensuring its fitness to deal with the challenges of the 21st century. “

The crucial election will decide the fate of the public health body which has suffered after gross mishandling of the Ebola outbreak, where WHO was too slow and ineffective to respond the outbreak, leading to 11,000 preventable deaths.

Meanwhile, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights paid an official visit to Ethiopia this week, and expressed his concern over the misuse of legislations in Ethiopia to suppress human rights and basic freedoms.

At a press briefing, Al Hussein said that his team was unable to access and investigate concerns related to human rights in Oromia and Amhara regions where there were widespread accusations of arrests and rights violations starting from the end of 2015.

He urged the Prime Minister to hold accountable the security forces who allegedly used excessive force during the Oromia protest. w/pix of Dr. Tedros

6 Responses to Feud Erupts Over Ethiopian in Race for Top Post at World Health Body

  1. Berhanu Kelbessa May 12, 2017 at 3:35 pm #

    Factually, duties in and under different profession, interests and activities are highly expected to be differ under various measurements. If we oppose this Dr. as not fully satisfactory in politics because of his basic and major educational background/related to health/ we logically need to lest not to oppose attempts for success in this case. under open eyes, without involving in measuring the criteria such an organization expected to have, literate African person is more expected to practically understand the vast problems related to health and human well-being; due to intense problems and numerous hardships one can daily and easily witness.

    The matter better not only depend the merits of paper one can present but one whose life more exposed to further varied problems and by far wider geographical areas and life styles known to one. that’s not mean Africans need to vote only for Africans; but to state that we have to encourage and build confidence from the sources many problems without limiting persons to practices under one field and time.

  2. Qaanqur May 14, 2017 at 8:54 am #

    @Berhanu Kelbessa,

    If you are Oromo, I am sorry to say but you are a debt to the Oromo nation! If you are habesha/Tigre using fake Oromo name, then you can say what ever you like on Oromo media since Oromo will never heed attention to such kind of crap you are uttering.

    It is Tigree gangster group that was born & brought up on African soil that is massacring thousands of Oromos and other nations in Ethiopian empire while Europeans and non-Afirca citizens in various int’l organizations are demanding for an independent investigation of the massacre of Oromo people by TPLF Agazi over one year since Nov. 2015.

    But, you are trying to lecture us that Tigre person, Dr. Tedros Adhanom, is better than other candidates simply because he is from Africa. What a crook mentality and empty logic is it? Should we vote for a person who was making policy to eliminate Oromo people from face of earth because he is from Africa? TPLF is making different strategies and steps to reduce the Oromo population. So, if we support this guy and he continue that reductionist mentality/policy under the guise of UN organization and population control, do you support or oppose?

  3. Bishaan Waabu May 15, 2017 at 12:06 am #

    I Oppose .. .

    • Abshiruu May 18, 2017 at 1:21 pm #

      @ Bishaan,

      What do you oppose?

  4. Abshiruu May 15, 2017 at 6:40 pm #

    Tedros Adhanom is a criminal guy? Any Tigree who is member of TPLF is a criminal by default! Therefore, should be tried in international court like the International Criminal Court.

  5. Tuli May 17, 2017 at 6:43 am #

    Now it’s getting closer to the fact that all Tigres are criminals by default. Let’s not try to be civil with these animals because they are savage & primitive.

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