Can the New leader of WHO Save the Agency?
The World Health Organization broke precedent this week when it elected its new director-general.
Former Ethiopian health minister Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, known as Tedros, is both the first African to lead the U.N. agency and the first non-medical doctor to hold the post.
The 52-year-old won 133 votes in WHO's first open election involving all member states, becoming the agency's eighth director-general. But while many welcomed the victory, lauding Tedros' field experience and diplomatic chops, they say the real chance to make history starts in just over a month. In July, Tedros will succeed Dr. Margaret Chan of China in leading an agency that's been the target of harsh criticism about its effectiveness. If he can't turn WHO around, some say it might be time to remove some of its key responsibilities.
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