WHO Consultant in Zimbabwe presents credentials

Harare – Dr. Desta Tiruneh, the newly appointed World Well being Group Consultant for Zimbabwe, formally offered his credentials to the Minister of International Affairs and Worldwide Commerce, Honorable Frederick Shava, marking the graduation of his tenure.

His appointment took impact on 1 April 2024.

Hon. Shava welcomed Dr Tiruneh and pledged the Authorities of Zimbabwe’s full cooperation throughout his tenure. He expressed gratitude for WHO’s invaluable technical assist in addressing public well being challenges, together with ongoing cholera and polio outbreaks.

Hon. Shava famous that Zimbabwe will proceed to work with the WHO to make sure that it improves and strengthens well being methods and the well being sector generally in addition to constructing the capability of well being sector specialists to allow them to cope with and management varied illnesses rising in society.

“We acknowledge the function of WHO and recognize the work being performed in varied pillars to assist nation priorities,” he mentioned.

Acknowledging Zimbabwe’s ongoing efforts to deal with well being challenges amidst points like mind drain, Dr. Tiruneh, praised the nation’s dedication to well being sector reforms and collaboration with worldwide our bodies like WHO.

Dr. Tiruneh brings over 20 years of growth expertise to his function. He served as WHO Consultant in The Gambia from September 2017 to March 2024.

A medical physician by occupation, Dr. Tiruneh beforehand served as an assistant professor at a medical college and held varied management roles in well being program administration at district, regional, and nationwide ranges in Ethiopia. He holds M.D. and M.P.H. levels from the College of Addis Ababa. Following his entry into WHO in 2021, he served as an advisor for over 17 years in immunization programmes and communicable and non-communicable illness prevention, management, elimination, and eradication efforts.

In his new function, Dr. Tiruneh seems to be ahead to collaborating with the Authorities of Zimbabwe, the UN system, bilateral and multilateral companions, civil society, and the personal sector to speed up progress in the direction of attaining health-related targets, with a specific concentrate on strengthening the nation’s well being methods.

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