New WHO leader should focus on the crushing burden of noncommunicable diseases and injuries

With a new leader at the helm, WHO must focus on the crushing burden of noncommunicable diseases and injuries on the world's poorest people and communities.
A focus on noncommunicable diseases and injuries by new WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus could help move forward his goal for universal health coverage for all.

As Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus of Ethiopia takes the helm of the World Health Organization this week as its eighth Director-General, and the first from sub-Saharan Africa, he has set an ambitious agenda for the organization. During his campaign for the office and since his election, Tedros has consistently emphasized WHO’s important role as a guardian of equity — in particular ensuring that the world’s poorest populations have access to health care as a fundamental human right.

As practitioners and advocates for improving the health of the world’s poorest and most vulnerable people, we applaud Tedros and WHO for their commitment to assuring universal health coverage for

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