The latest guidelines of the World Health Organization (WHO) on TB treatment, emphasize the importance of digital technologies in supporting the implementation of the End TB Strategy. The guidelines contain the first-ever WHO evidence-based recommendations on the use of phones, video or electronic medication monitors to help patients adhere to TB medication and deliver TB care.
The Member States of the World Health Organization (WHO) elected Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus to a five-year term as the new Director-General of the WHO. Dr Tedros is a physician and former Minister of Health and Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia. The election took place at the Seventieth World Health Assembly in Geneva, Switzerland.
“Dr Tedros is a proven leader who spearheaded massive improvements in Ethiopia’s healthcare system. His work to develop a national cadre of community health workers was a pioneering solution for improving public health that many other countries have since followed,” said José Luis Castro, Executive Director of the International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease (The Union). “He has the credentials, the diplomatic skills, and the management experience to effectively lead the WHO during one of the most critical moments in its history.”
Read an opinion piece by the Union’s Executive Director, José Luis Castro, on the need for WHO reform
Ethiopia’s former health minister has been elected to serve as the next director-general of the World Health Organization — the first African picked to lead the global health agency. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus will succeed Dr. Margaret Chan on July 1.
WHO Director-General charts progress made in the fight against TB in new report - “Ten years in public health 2007-2017”
WHO today released the chapter on the fight against tuberculosis (TB) in the Director-General’s new report “Ten years in public health 2007-2017”. The report chronicles the evolution of global public health over the decade that Dr. Margaret Chan served as Director-General at WHO.
The chapter highlights the successes and challenges in global efforts to combat TB since 2007, when the fight against TB faced two major crises: a continuing co-epidemic of TB/HIV ravaging Africa and the emergence of more deadly drug resistance strains called XDR-TB or extensively drug-resistant TB. It elaborates the critical role played by WHO and its partners through a culture of innovation, leading to breakthroughs in diagnosis, treatment and the roll-out of a new Strategy to end TB.