A former Minister of Health in Nigeria, Professor Onyebuchi Chukwu, has been appointed a new United Nations (UN) team member.
Chukwu had served as Minister of Health under ex-President Goodluck Jonathan, received accolades from the UN for his ministry’s handling of the Ebola outbreak.
He has now been appointed a member of the One Health Global Leaders Group on Antimicrobial Resistance by the United Nations Interagency Coordination Group (IACG).
The IACG is a body of three agencies of the United Nations, namely the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) and the World Health Organization (WHO).
The appointment was announced in a letter to Chukwu, signed by the Directors General of the agencies, Qu Dangyu, Dr. Monique Eloit and Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, respectively.
According to the letter, “the purpose of the One Health Leaders Group is to provide high level advisory and advocacy functions for the Tripartite Organizations – the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, the World Organization for Animal Health and the World Health Organization – to support their core mandate of responding to the global Antimicrobial Resistance crises in a multisectoral One Health approach.”
The appointment is for three years, effective from November 20, 2020.