Statement from Ambassador Deborah L. Birx, M.D., on the Election of Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus as the Next Director-General of the World Health Organization

May 26, 2017

On behalf of the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), I congratulate Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus on his election as the next Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO).

PEPFAR looks forward to working with Dr. Tedros to reform and strengthen the WHO, and to enhance its efforts to support countries to control their HIV/AIDS epidemics. The WHO must play an integral role in responding to HIV/AIDS and other global public health challenges through data-driven recommendations and promoting transparency and accountability.

Dr. Tedros brings a wealth of experience and expertise to his new position, and PEPFAR welcomes the opportunity to partner with the new Director-General.

Ambassador Deborah L. Birx, M.D., is the U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator and U.S. Special Representative for Global Health Diplomacy.