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Why Kenya Supported Ethiopian for Top WHO Post

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Kenya pitched for Ethiopian Tedros Adhanom to be the next head of the World Health Organisation because he has "connections" with people who have suffered many health disasters.

In a speech to delegates attending the WHO General Assembly, Kenya's Foreign Affairs Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohamed said Nairobi supports Dr Tedros Adhanom to be the next WHO Director-General as he represents the needs of the African continent and the developing world in general.


"A Director-General who is intimately connected with the communities, nations and regions of the developing world will inject a fresh perspective that will help to improve the global health situation," she said.

The Assembly of the UN's specialised body charged with healthy issues is held in Switzerland every year and is the decision-making body of the World Health Organisation (WHO).

It is attended by delegations from all 194-member nations of the World Health Organisation and its main function is to determine the policies of the Organisation as well as appointing the Director General.

Member states are meeting in Geneva for the 70th General Assembly While their agenda is on how to implement the Sustainable Development Goals.

Dr Tedros was elected to replace outgoing Margaret Chan who has completed her two terms.

Dr Chan, who was elected in in 2006, has seen the organisation praised and lambasted almost in equal measure in the way it handles public health issues.