Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus elected WHO Director-General

Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO Director-General-Elect, with Dr Veronika Skvortsova, Minister of Healthcare of the Russian Federation, and Dr Margaret Chan, WHO Director-General
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23 May 2017 – the Member States of WHO elected Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus as the new Director-General of WHO. Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus was nominated by the Government of Ethiopia, and will begin his five-year term on 1 July 2017. Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus will succeed Dr Margaret Chan, who has been WHO’s Director-General since 1 January 2007.

Japan has the highest life expectancy
- the World Health Statistics 2017 report

Japan’s average life expectancy at birth is still the highest in the world, with 83.7 years, according to the World Health Statistics 2017 report, released by WHO on May 17th.

This average, however, reveals clear gender differences with 6 years difference in life expectancy at birth between women and men. Women in Japan enjoy 86.8 years life expectancy at birth, putting them at the first rank among all WHO member states. Japanese men in the other end, with an average life expectancy of 80.5 years at par with men in Italy, lag behind Switzerland (81.3 years), Iceland (81.2 years), Australia (80.9 years), Sweden (80.7 years) and Israel (80.6 years).

Special Hyogo Prefecture Award Given to Former WKC Director Alex Ross

17 May 2017 - Today, Alex Ross, Director of the WHO Kobe Centre (WKC) from 2011 to 1 May 2017, was awarded with the annual 2017 “Hyogo Prefecture Award for Contribution to International Cooperation” for efforts benefitting the citizens of Hyogo.

This is the first time a WKC official has received this award. Mr Ross said “I am deeply honoured and thankful to Governor Ido and Hyogo Prefecture for this Award, and their longstanding support of the WHO Kobe Centre. I accept it recognizing the efforts and dedication of all of the Centre’s staff to advance global health and to translate lessons for and from Hyogo Prefecture to the world.” Hyogo and Kobe are global leaders in innovations for supporting older populations, sustainable health systems and emergency preparedness.

Dr Sarah Louise Barber appointed as new Director for the WHO Kobe Centre

WHO Kobe Centre

1 May 2017 -The World Health Organization (WHO) is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr Sarah Louise Barber as the new Director of the WHO Centre for Health Development in Kobe, Japan (WKC). She will lead the Centre’s global research on policies to achieve universal health coverage (UHC) and advance innovation, particularly to address the needs of older people. Dr Barber will take over on May 1st from Mr Alex Ross, who led the Centre from October 2011.

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