As nearly a 70% of the world’s population is in lockdown due to Covid-19, the man at the help of the World Health Organisation (WHO) is a former University of Nottingham student.  

Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus is an alumnus of Nottingham University where he took PhD in Public Health Medicine in 2000. He became the Director-General of the WHO in July 2017. Dr Tedros is the first person from the Africa Region to serve as WHO’s chief officer.

Born in 1965 in Asmara, which was in Ethiopia at the time (now capital or Eritrea), Dr Tedros received a BSc degree in Biology from the University of Asmara in 1986. He received a MSc degree in Immunology of Infectious Diseases from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, University of London.

According to Nottingham University’s profile on Dr Tedros is,

Globally recognised as a health scholar, researcher and diplomat. Tedros held a number of important national and global public health positions prior to his role at WHO including Ethiopia’s Minister of Health, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Chair of the Global Fund to Fight Aids, Tuberculosis and Malaria.

At the helm of WHO, Dr Tedros is playing an immense role on how political leaders and societies respond to the Covid-19 pandemic. He has been urging world leaders to come together to confront the defining health crisis of our time as “we are at war with a virus that threatens to tear us apart – if we let it”.

Recently he issued a joint statement with Roberto Azevêdo, director-general of the World Trade Organisation in which the top priority is “protecting lives” while supporting the borderless movement of medical supplies.

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