The World Health Organisation has announced four new WHO Goodwill Ambassadors for championing the cause of global health. The announcement was made in Geneva today by WHO Director-General, Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, in his opening Speech at the 72nd World Health Assembly in Geneva.
According to a release on WHO website, the new Ambassadors are in the field of sports, politics and community mobilization to “promote healthier lives, stronger health workforces and improved mental health globally.”
Alisson Becker and Dr Natália Loewe Becker were announced as WHO Goodwill Ambassadors for Health Promotion. While Alissson Becker is a footballer and the goalkeeper of both Brazilian national and Liverpool teams, Dr. Natália Loewe Becker is a medical doctor and health advocate from Brazil, as WHO Goodwill Ambassadors for Health Promotion
Also, Cynthia Germanotta, President of Born This Way Foundation, was announced as WHO Goodwill Ambassador for Mental Health. Cynthia Germanotta co-founded Born This Way Foundation with her daughter, Lady Gaga.
Also on the list is former President of Liberia, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, who was announced as WHO Goodwill Ambassador for Health Workforce.
The Director-General described the Ambassadors as champions in their own right for promoting global health and serving as role models for healthier living.
“I welcome President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Cynthia Germanotta, Alisson Becker and Natália Loewe Becker as WHO’s new Goodwill Ambassadors and look forward to working with them over the coming years.
Each of our new ambassadors 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.”