Director-General Dr Tedros takes the helm of WHO: address to WHO staff

by Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus
Director-General of the World Health Organization
Geneva, Switzerland, 3 July 2017

Read online at:
http://www.who.int/dg/speeches/2017/taking-helm-who/en/

Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus began his first week as director-general of the UN World Health Organization by addressing the WHO staff with his vision for the organisation and the world. His 3 July address began: “Let me start with the moral centre of our work, with this simple but crucial statement: WHO’s work is about serving people, about serving humanity. It’s about serving people regardless of where they live, be it in developing or developed countries, small islands or big nations, urban or rural settings. It’s about serving people regardless of who they are. Poor or rich, displaced or disabled, elderly or the youth. Most importantly, it’s about fighting to ensure the health of people as a basic human right. Health is a basic human right, that you fully understand.”

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