Ex-Liberian President Sirleaf Appointed WHO Health Workforce Ambassador

Ex-Liberian President, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf

Former Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has been appointed by the World Health Organization (WHO) along with three others as Goodwill Ambassadors to promote healthier lives, stronger health workforce and improved mental health globally.

The former Liberian leader was appointed as WHO Goodwill Ambassador for Health Workforce, while Brazilian and Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson Becker and Dr. Natália Loewe Becker, a medical doctor and health advocate from Brazil, were also appointed WHO Goodwill Ambassadors for Health Promotion.

Cynthia Germanotta, President of Born This Way Foundation, which was co-founded with her daughter Lady Gaga, was also appointed as WHO Goodwill Ambassador for Mental Health.

A statement on the WHO official website said the announcements were made by Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director General of WHO, at the opening of the 72nd World Health Assembly in Geneva.

“I welcome President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Cynthia Germanotta, Alisson Becker and Natália Loewe Becker as WHO  new Goodwill Ambassadors and look forward to working with them over the coming years,” the statement quotes Dr. Tedros as saying.

The appointments cut across different sectors like sports, politics and community mobilization.

Each of the new ambassadors, according to Dr. Tedros, are champions in their own right, from helping their communities rebuild and develop sustainably, to fighting for better mental health and well-being, to being role models for healthier living”.

Meanwhile, the former Liberian leader via Twitter appreciated the WHO Director-General for her new position and affirmed that she looks forward to working with others in making global health work for all.

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Joel Cholo Brooks is a Liberian journalist who previously worked for several international news outlets including the BBC African Service. He is the CEO of the Global News Network which publishes two local weeklies, The Star and The GNN-Liberia Newspapers. He is a member of the Press Union Of Liberia (PUL) since 1986, and several other international organizations of journalists, and is currently contributing to the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation as Liberia Correspondent.