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WHO probing racial discrimination allegations

Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus
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Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus

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The World Health Organization (WHO) has ordered a probe into allegations of racial discrimination in which alleged victims were African staffers in a WHO office, and misspending of money to fight Ebola.

The probe was ordered after a media report revealed that there was discrimination with African staffers and misspending of Ebola funds.

The WHO said that allegations are being probed by WHO’s office of Internal Oversight Services which is headed by Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, DG, WHO. Dr Tedros recently told the media that WHO has zero tolerance of discrimination and misconduct in the office.

A WHO press statement says that Dr Tedros has championed diversity, openness and transparency since joining office in July 2017. The statement adds that WHO represents all regions of the world.

The UN agency is working regularly to improve gender balance at all levels and is working to increase geographical diversity.

The WHO has said that it has introduced such a mechanism, including a hotline, that anyone can report without revealing his or her identity. The WHO added that it regularly reports the results of substantiated allegations coming from independent investigations to member countries. All these reports are made public on its website.


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