Tedros Ghebreyesus Fabrice Coffrini/Stringer

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TORONTO/NEW YORK – Tahun ini, Organisasi Kesehatan Dunia (WHO) akan memilih Direktur Jenderal yang baru. Pada bulan September lalu, negara-negara anggota WHO telah menominasikan enam kandidat untuk posisi tersebut: Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Flavia Bustreo, Philippe Douste-Blazy, David Nabarro, Sania Nishtar, dan Miklós Szócska. Pada tanggal 25 Januari, Dewan Eksekutif WHO akan mengecilkan jumlah kandidat menjadi tiga orang; dan pada bulan Mei, Majelis Kesehatan Dunia akan memilih satu dari ketiga kandidat tersebut untuk menggantikan Margaret Chan.          

Seluruh kandidat telah menyampaikan visi mengenai bagaimana mereka akan memimpin organisasi ini, dan kami secara pribadi mengenal dan mengagumi beberapa dari kandidat-kandidat yang ada. Namun, pada akhirnya, kami percaya bahwa Ghebreyesus adalah orang yang paling cocok untuk posisi ini.  Dukungan kami terhadap kandidat ini didasarkan pada tiga pertimbangan penting dalam proses mempekerjakan seseorang, dan khususnya untuk posisi seperti ini, yaitu pencapaian kandidat, gaya kepemimpinan, dan keberagaman yang diusung oleh kandidat ini.

Sehubungan dengan pertimbangan pertama, Ghebreyesus memiliki rekam jejak yang penuh kesusksesan. Saat menjabat sebagai Menteri Kesehatan Etiopia dari tahun 2005 hingga 2012, beliau memperjuangkan kepentingan seluruh warga negara dan memperkuat layanan kesehatan pokok. Beliau mendirikan 3,500 pusat kesehatan dan 16,000 puskesmas, dan secara signifikan meningkatkan jumlah tenaga kerja kesehatan dengan membangun lebih banyak sekolah kedokteran dan menyebar 38,000 petugas penyuluh kesehatan.            

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