Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus - A global fund for the health MDGs
Publisher/Organizer: The Lancet
Publication date: 2010
As a young man, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Minister for Health of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, was “fully cognisant of the needless suffering and deaths” caused by malaria. His belief that “every effort to improve understanding about the nature and pattern of this disease in our country will have a significant impact on overall efforts to improve the health of our people”, led him from notable research on the effects of dam construction on malaria transmission to become the country's Minister for Health in 2005. The international reach of his work expanded in July, 2009, when he was elected Board Chair of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria for a 2-year term.