Tedros Ghebreyesus Fabrice Coffrini/Stringer

Beste kandidaat om de WHO te leiden komt uit Afrika

TORONTO/NEW YORK – Dit jaar zal de Wereldgezondheidsorganisatie een nieuwe directeur-generaal kiezen. Vorig jaar september hebben de lidstaten van de WHO zes kandidaten genomineerd: Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Flavia Bustreo, Philippe Douste-Blazy, David Nabarro, Sania Nishtar en Miklós Szócska. Op 25 januari zal het Uitvoerend Bestuur van de WHO een shortlist opstellen van drie kandidaten; en in mei zal de Algemene Vergadering van de WHO een van deze drie kandidaten aanwijzen als opvolger van Margaret Chan.

Alle kandidaten hebben een visie gepresenteerd waarin zij schetsen hoe zij de organisatie zouden willen leiden, en wij kennen en bewonderen een aantal van hen persoonlijk. Maar uiteindelijk menen wij dat Ghebreyesus de best gekwalificeerde persoon is voor deze baan. Onze steun voor hem is gebaseerd op drie overwegingen die van belang zijn in ieder sollicitatieproces, vooral als het gaat om een positie zoals deze: de prestaties in het verleden van de kandidaat, zijn leiderschapsstijl en de diversiteit die hij of zij met zich meebrengt.

Met betrekking tot de eerste overweging kan Ghebreyesus bogen op een succesvolle staat van dienst. Als de minister van Gezondheidszorg van Ethiopië van 2005 tot 2012 is hij opgekomen voor de belangen van alle burgers in het land en heeft hij de eerstelijnszorg versterkt. Hij heeft 3500 gezondheidscentra in het leven geroepen en 16.000 medische posten, en de beroepsbevolking in de gezondheidszorg drastisch uitgebreid door meer medische opleidingen te openen en 38.000 gezondheidszorgwerkers in de lokale gemeenschappen in te zetten.

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