Earlier this week the Global Fund elected a new Chairman of the Board, electing the Minister of Health from Ethiopia – Ato Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus. In addition to having served at the Minister of Health in Ethiopia for over 4 years, Ato Ghebreyesus is no stranger to international health bureaucracy having served as the Chair of Roll Back Malaria and holding positions with UNAIDS.

Many of the big health reforms seen in Ethiopia in recent years have been attributed to his leadership. Most notably, Ato Ghebreyesus has overseen the creation, training and deployment of nearly 30,000 paid health extension workers to provide basic primary health services in remote communities, the construction of thousands of new health centers, the distribution of over 20 million insecticide treated bed nets, and one of the most rapid scale-ups of antiretroviral treatment programs in the world. Less well known achievements also include the signing of the first “International Health Partnership”, an agreement among development partners to coordinate aid activities in the health sector in Ethiopia, which if successful could signify a new way to coordinate aid for health in developing countries.

Congratulations to Ato Ghebreyesus and lets hope his leadership skills benefit the Global Fund in the challenging months ahead. An interview with Ato Ghebreyesus was also featured in this month’s Bullentin of the World Health Organization. You can read more about Ato Ghebreyesus here.

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