Updated: Mar 27, 2020
On July 1, 2017, Tedros Adhanhom Ghebreyesus became the 8th Director General of the World Health Organization.
The first DG who is not an medical doctor, but with extensive history working in Ethiopia, particularly with Malaria research. He seemed like a good choice, and a fresh face for the WHO. He was elected for a five year term. Preceded by Margaret Chan.
Public failures of WHO programs (e.g., persistence and growth of polio despite decades of WHO-sponsored eradication efforts) and scandals within UN programs (e.g., fraudulent siphoning off funds from the Oil-for-Food program), have challenged the WHO’s ability to promote large-scale change. The result is a twenty-first century WHO that performs a considerably altered role from the one envisioned at the organization’s inception.
Similarly, the power of the World Bank, the other institutional giant in global health since the 1980s, has waned. An evaluation of the World Banks’ health projects concluded that nearly one third of projects failed to meet objectives.
Tedros would have to wait until his first meeting with President Clinton to find a partner who would commit to making the Minister’s goal of improving hospital care in Ethiopia a reality.
Minister of Health for Ethiopia
As Minister of Health, Tedros formed a close relationship with prominent figures including Bill Clinton and the Clinton Foundation and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
As the single largest donor to the WHO, the Gates Foundation has extraordinary influence and leverage on WHO health policies and priorities, and leadership.
At the conclusion of their first meeting in 2005, President Clinton vowed to help
Tedros. A personal connection was made, and the men began to occupy a common
ground with potential for realizing progress.
Clinton and the Clinton HIV/AIDS Initiative (CHAI) brought to the partnership a
commitment to work on Tedros’ priorities and their network, which provided sources
money, expertise, and credibility. Despite this wealth of experience with HIV/AIDS, virtually none of CHAI’s work to date had been in hospital or health system building.
In 2010, Ethiopia was chosen by the US State Department and Barack Obama as one of the US Global Health Initiative Plus countries, where the US will support innovative global health efforts. Tedros was an internationally recognized malaria researcher. As a child, he recalls being "fully cognizant of the needless suffering and deaths" it caused.
According to the WHO Africa office (WHO-AFRO), in 2011 when Adhanom was the minister of health, 75% of the land and 60% of the population is exposed to malaria in Ethiopia, although malaria admissions and deaths marginally fell in the recent years
The National Malaria Guideline in 2012 states that "52 million people (68%) live in Malaria-risk areas". The document further reveals that "Ethiopia is one of the most malaria- prone countries in Africa, with rates of morbidity and mortality increasing dramatically during epidemics".
The same document alleges serious policy failures of the Government of Adhanom. It argues "Ethiopia faces many challenges related to human resources for healthcare, including the shortage of skilled health workers, high turnover and lack of retention of health professionals". In addition to these challenges, the National Malaria Guideline stresses once again, "serious problems in coordinating health interventions and implementing partners".
Minister of Foreign Affairs from 2012-2016
Responsible for the Addis Ababa Action Agenda which sought to secure funding for the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals. The Conference, however, was criticized by a few observers for failing to come up with new money for implementing the SDGs during its process.
Leader during the worst Ebola epidemic in history from 2013 - 2016.
In 2006, Tedros brokered a $100M donation to the Clinton foundation. In months, he is director-general of the WHO. In 2017, Bill Clinton described Tedros as “one of the ablest public servants I ever worked with.”
Scandals Before Election
May 2017, stories surfaced about a cover-up of three cholera epidemics in Ethiopia in 2006, 2009 & 2011. The outbreaks were labelled as "acute watery diarrhea" without laboratory confirmation of Vibrio cholerae. An attempt to play down the significance.
UN officials said more aid and vaccines could have been delivered to Ethiopia if the outbreaks had been confirmed as cholera.
Dr. Tedros was also accused of complicity in his country’s dismal human rights record, which includes massacring protesters and jailing and torturing journalists and political opponents.
Dr. Tedros is from the Tigray tribe, which holds political power in Ethiopia; many protesters are from the rival Amhara and Oromo tribes.
World Health Organization Director General
During the launch, it was stressed that the nomination of Dr Tedros was based on merit and his prolific national and global credentials. His campaign tagline was "Together for a Healthier World."
Tedros has identified universal health coverage as his top priority at WHO.
While Tedros received praise for his commitment to gender equality, he also received criticism for a lack of transparency. Ditched the normal hiring process for U.N., looked to increase gender/geographical diversity as quickly as possible. Geneva HQ said overly political approach brings a culture change at the cost of credibility.
He appointed Dr. Tereza Kasaeva of the Russian Ministry of Health to lead the WHO Global Tuberculosis Program without soliciting civil society input one month after meeting with President Vladimir Putin in Moscow.
On 18 October 2017, Tedros Adhanom announced that he had chosen President Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe to serve as a WHO Goodwill Ambassador to help tackle non-communicable diseases for Africa.
Mugabe's appointment was severely criticised, with WHO member states and international organisations saying that Zimbabwe's healthcare system had in fact gone backwards under his regime, as well as pointing out Mugabe's many human rights abuses. It was also noted that Mugabe himself does not use his own country's health system, instead travelling to Singapore for treatment.
Robert Mugabe destroyed the economy of Zimbabwe.
By 2009, Zimbabwe had an unemployment rate of 94%.
Zimbabwe had a hyperinflation rate of 231M%.
The editor-in-chief of Lancet, the prominent medical journal called Tedros "Dictator-General".
Adhanom demanded immunity from crimes against humanity prosecution for African leaders declaring, “sitting heads of state and governments should not be prosecuted while in office.”
Observers said Tedros was returning a campaign favour.
WHO routinely spends about $200M/year on travel – far more than for AIDS, tuberculosis or malaria.
Staff members routinely broke internal rules against flying business class and staying in luxury hotels. Senior officials have complained internally that U.N. staffers break new rules that were introduced to try to curb its expansive travel spending, booking perks like business class airplane tickets and rooms in five-star hotels with few consequences.
Since 2013, WHO has paid out $803 million for travel. WHO’s approximately $2 billion annual budget is drawn from the taxpayer-funded contributions of its 194 member countries; the United States is the largest contributor.
In 2016, “WHO spent about $71 million on AIDS and hepatitis. On malaria, it spent $61 million. And to slow tuberculosis, WHO invested $59 million.”
During the COVID-19 pandemic, Tedros Adhanom was widely criticised by both countries and the public for acting slowly and not doing his best to contain the virus and to provide the best advice, causing such a widespread pandemic.
For example, despite prevailing evidence that the situation in China was spiralling out of control, Adhanim had still praised China for containing the outbreak marvellously, which was not that in line with other country’s reaction.
In addition, he was also believed to be siding with the then Chinese president Xi and did not take action in order to contain the virus outbreak.
“We’re not just fighting an epidemic; we’re fighting an infodemic. Fake news spreads faster and more easily than this virus, and is just as dangerous.” And if we don’t tackle this, he went on, “we are headed down a dark path that leads nowhere but division and disharmony.”
“Given the misinformation about the novel coronavirus epidemic, WHO has communicated with some companies including Google to ensure that the public will get the authoritative information from the WHO.”
“Travel restrictions [to and from China] can have the effect of increasing fear and stigma, with little public health benefit.”
“The lockdown of people is unprecedented in public health history, so it is certainly not a recommendation the WHO has made.”
“The WHO highly appreciates the tremendous efforts China has made to contain the epidemic.”
He even has the mainstream media repeating his words:
He has worked with Soros affiliated organizations and has ties to the British IC.
The ‘authority’ that was referenced in the February 2020 edits of the Wikipedia entry about the mortality rates of the Spanish Flu (changing them from 10%-20% to 2%-3%).
Coşkun Başbuğ Retired Turkish intelligence Colonel specialist in psychological warfare
September 3 2019
In Geneva, the WHO holds a Global Preparedness Meeting titled: “A World At Risk” convened by the World Bank and the Red Cross, funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
If it is true to say “what’s past is prologue”, then there is a very real threat of a rapidly moving, highly lethal pandemic of a respiratory pathogen killing 50 to 80 million people and wiping out nearly 5% of the world’s economy. A global pandemic on that scale would be catastrophic, creating widespread havoc, instability and insecurity. The world is not prepared.
"A global pandemic on that scale would be catastrophic, creating widespread havoc, instability and insecurity. The world is not prepared."
Whether naturally emergent or accidentally or deliberately released.
Don't worry, the world bank has your back.
The world is not prepared for a fast-moving, virulent respiratory pathogen pandemic.
In addition to their domestic responsibilities, national leaders have obligations to the world at large. Be ready to donate. Gates Foundation will make your vaccines!
National capacities wouldn't allow you time to develop tests DURING a pandemic. Use the ones we have ready for you!
LMAO he brings up the Ebola crisis like he wasn't the one in charge at that time! Really!
Oh I forgot to connect this dot too. If he's a renowned malaria expert wouldn't he know what Chloroquine is capable of? I guess the Gates Foundation pays more.
Lol wait I know. It's because in December the Gates Foundation was funding quantum dots that go in vaccines.
Or maybe it's because he's part of this whole thing.... https://id2020.org
Kinda.. sounds like a speech our boy Tedros gave back in 2012...
Sounds like there's a big push to get this done in 2020 to me. Maybe not, but damn what a coincidence.
On the next episode:
In 2013, President XI Jinping began courting dozens of countries across Europe and Asia, to expand China’s reach politically and economically. How Xi extends 48 Chinese cities into 42 European countries.
For example: Wuhan, China to Hamburg, Germany.
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