Outstanding reasons WHY Amhara Professionals Union opposes Dr. Tedros A. Ghebreyesus’ Candidacy for WHO Director General Position

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International Organizations Leadership Recruitment Policies: the Failed Experiment of Dr. Tedros A. Ghebreyesus Candidacy for WHO Director General Position

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Compiled by Amhara Professionals Union Research Department

April 2017


In this research article we argue that diplomatic support afforded to an individual is less important than the leadership qualifications or credentials in selecting individuals for International Public Health Organizations. In that regard, we present a case of Dr. Tedros A. Ghebreyesus’s candidacy for World Health Organization (WHO) Director General position as an example of diplomatic backing playing more importance for open vacancies of such magnitude than the individual’s background or credentials. Irrespective of the final outcome, the fact that an individual accused of systematic genocidal violence and human right violations by his opponents, who could even be subject to criminal investigations in the future at his own country or at International level, became one of the top three contenders for WHO Director General position is by itself an indication that the foundational principles in the recruitment policy for leadership role at International Public Health Organizations are violated. This paper details how the former Ethiopian Minister of Federal Ministry of Health (FMOH) and Foreign Affairs, Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, is accused by his political opponents for the role he played in systematic genocidal violence and gross human right violations including but not limited to arbitrary detentions and extrajudicial executions. In light of the above, it is concerning that this individual is among the top finalists for the WHO Director General position despite his abysmal human right record as a leader. It is evident that his prospects are due to the unanimous support from 54 African countries in the African Union (AU) without, we feel, due considerations of his past track records. We argue that a position as important as WHO Director General should be conducted and determined according to WHO’s general principles and ethical standards. We therefore recommend that International Public Health Organizations like WHO have criteria that helps to recruit individuals with exemplary credentials irrespective of the presence of diplomatic backing.



All the results of this review are discussed in relation to WHO Core Values and Basic Ethics Principles violated by Dr. Tedros A. Ghebreyesus and his party TPLF suspected crime against Humanity and systematic genocidal violence on Ethiopians and particularly on Amharas.

1. Discrimination/Marginalization

1.1 Health service discrepancies between “Amhara region” and “Tigray region” and poor performance of “Amhara region” in Health Indicators: An evidence of TPLF-led EPRDF
government, in which Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus is a top member, deliberate marginalization of the Amhara people

According to HSDP 2005, there was significant difference in health coverage between “Amhara region” and “Tigray region” as shown on Table 16
Regions Population Number of hospitals Population to hospital ratio Number of physicians Population to Physician ratio Potential service coverage (%)
Amhara 18,626,047 18 1,034,780 131 142,184 57.2
Tigray 4,223,014 15 281,534 77 54,844 96.5
Oromia 25,817,132 30 860,571 186 138,802 67.2
SNNP 14,489,705 17 852,336 106 136,695 90.9

Table 1: Health coverage among different “Regions” in Ethiopia 2005
Source: Demographic and Heath Survey (DHS) 2005

The physician to population ratio is much lower than the WHO minimum standard of one physician for 10,000 people but the difference in the ration between “Amhara region” and “Tigray region” is quite significant

*   Physicians number is mainly based on health workers in the public sector due to lack of complete report from the private sector while substantial number of physicians working in the private sector are also providing service to the public.  …..
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