AMSHeR congratulates Dr. Tedros on his appointment as Director General of WHO

JOHANNESBURG, June 7th, 2017 – The African Men for Sexual Health and Rights [AMSHeR] welcomes the appointment of Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus of Ethiopia as Director General of the World Health Organisation [WHO], the first African ever to head the agency.

AMSHeR acknowledges the leadership of the World Health Organisation [WHO] in developing recommendations and guidelines on HIV prevention, diagnosis, treatment and care for key populations and the immeasurable contribution that Dr. Tedros has made to global health, particularly on the African continent.

While efforts have been made by the WHO to include key populations in its health guidelines to member states and other agencies, implementing these recommendations remains a contested issue amongst African member states.

Notwithstanding the challenges of implementation of key populations guidelines across the continent, AMSHeR remains optimistic that Dr. Tedros will continue to engage with African member states on these critical issues to realise the highest attainable health outcomes for key populations in Africa.

Kene Esom, AMSHeR Executive Director said, ‘We welcome the appointment Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus to the top seat of the World Health Organisation and look forward to working with the WHO under his leadership to realise the highest attainable health standards for MSM/LGBT individuals globally’.


AMSHeR is a Pan-African coalition of MSM and LGBT-led organisations, working to promote non-discrimination, particularly based on sexual orientation and gender identity (SOGI) and to advance access to quality health services for MSM/LGBT in Africa.

As an advocacy and capacity strengthening organisation AMSHeR provides a platform for exchange and learning among MSM/LGBT community-based organisations, human rights and HIV service organisations, and other agencies working with and for MSM/LGBT organisations. In addition to bringing about visibility and addressing human rights violations based on SOGI and barriers to access quality health services, AMSHeR advocates for increased resources, community leadership and strengthening of community structures and capacity to address these issues. AMSHeR and its membership engages in advocacy at national, continental and global levels on legal and policy reform, human rights accountability and service delivery.

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