• FILE: World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus. Picture: AFP

    Ethiopia lashes out at WHO chief for Tigray war remarks

    Tedros Ghebreyesus, the highest-profile Tigrayan abroad, this week described conditions in the Ethiopian region as "hell" and said the government was preventing medicines and other life-saving aid from reaching locals.

  • FILE: This handout picture made available by the World Health Organization (WHO) shows WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus delivering remarks following the speech of US President's chief medical adviser during a World Health Organization (WHO) executive board meeting on 21 January 2021 in Geneva. Picture: AFP

    No country can boost its way out of pandemic: WHO chief

    The UN health agency has long warned that the glaring inequity in access to COVID vaccines, which has left many vulnerable people in poorer nations without a single jab as richer countries roll out broad booster programmes.

  • FILE: A handout photograph taken and released by the World Health Organisation (WHO) on 24 May 2021, shows the Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO) Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus delivering a speech during the 74th World Health Assembly, at the WHO headquarters, in Geneva. Picture: Christopher Black/World Health Organization/AFP

    WHO chief says 2022 must be year 'we end the pandemic'

    WHO director general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus insisted it was possible to halt the pandemic but said it would require using all the tools are our disposal, ranging from vaccines to mask-wearing and physical distancing.

  • FILE: This handout picture made available by the World Health Organization (WHO) shows WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus delivering remarks following the speech of US President's chief medical adviser during a World Health Organization (WHO) executive board meeting on 21 January 2021 in Geneva. Picture: AFP

    WHO chief apologises for sex abuse by staff in DR Congo

    'This is a dark day for WHO,' Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said after the report into the accusations against local and international personnel deployed in the country to fight an Ebola outbreak from 2018 to 2020.

  • FILE: This handout picture made available by the World Health Organization (WHO) shows WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus delivering remarks following the speech of US President's chief medical adviser during a World Health Organization (WHO) executive board meeting on 21 January 2021 in Geneva. Picture: AFP

    Nearly 20 EU countries back Tedros second term as WHO chief

    Germany announced on Wednesday that it was proposing Tedros, who appears to be the only candidate in the running. Other EU nations followed Berlin's lead and backed the Ethiopian former health and foreign minister, diplomatic sources told AFP.

  • A member of the military administers the SinoVac vaccine to a citizen at a mobile clinic in Emganwini township, Bulawayo, Zimbabwe, on 3 August 2021. Picture: Zinyange Auntony/AFP

    African health leaders stress need for vaccine equity

    Director of the African Centres for Disease Control and Prevention, Doctor John Nkengasong, stressed that access to vaccines was the only way that the COVID-19 pandemic could be collectively ended.