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WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus' Top 10 Quotes


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On his first 100 days in office, WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has championed universal health coverage, initiated a new set of internal reforms at WHO and sought political support for health in high-level meetings and conferences. Here are 10 quotes we picked from his speeches and interventions over the past three months.

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WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus' Top 10 Quotes

  1. 1. WHO Director-General Tedros’ Top 10 quotes Photo:
  2. 2. The world is full of frameworks, roadmaps and action plans that sit on shelves collecting dust, and never make a difference to people. I urge you, starting now, to translate your good intentions into concrete actions that transform the health of your people. 1
  3. 3. We all have a vested interest in ensuring we provide the best possible health services for older people. Because in the end, we are building the health systems that we ourselves will need in just a few years’ time. 2
  4. 4. If something we do helps countries to make progress towards the SDGs, then it must continue with even more vigour. If it doesn’t, we must ask why we’re doing it. 3
  5. 5. When disaster strikes, our partners expect us to be shoulder-to-shoulder with them on the frontlines, not just shouting instructions from the sidelines. 4
  6. 6. Ebola taught us a valuable lesson: global health security is only as strong as its weakest link.* 5
  7. 7. When we say health for all, we mean all, including migrants, regardless of their status. 6
  8. 8. An epidemic is the wrong time to discover our preparations have not been sufficient, or that we have overlooked crucial components of the response. 7
  9. 9. WHO should not be shy about engaging with world leaders. Our cause is too important; the stakes are too high. 8
  10. 10. If WHO is not healthy internally, then it will not be able to interact effectively externally. 9
  11. 11. I need your help: When people speak with one voice, politicians listen. So speak up for universal health coverage. Speak up for health for all. 10
  12. 12. WHO Director-General Tedros’ Top 10 quotes Photo: