A prominent Australian doctor who led the World Health Organisation’s Health Emergencies Programme has died suddenly.
WHO “extends its most profound sympathies and condolences to Dr Salama’s family, friends and colleagues. He was 51 and leaves behind his wife and three children,” the organisation said in a statement.
“Pete embodied everything that is best about WHO and the United Nations – professionalism, commitment and compassion,” said Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO Director-General. Our hearts are broken.”
In a separate tweet, Dr Tedros also said he is “Deeply saddened and heartbroken over the sudden passing of my colleague and friend”
“Our deepest sympathies and condolences are with Pete’s family, friends and colleagues.”
Deeply saddened and heartbroken over the sudden passing of my colleague and friend Dr Peter Salama, @WHO Executive Director, Universal Health Coverage – Life Course. Our deepest sympathies and condolences are with Pete’s family, friends and colleagues. pic.twitter.com/ckshz3eHpk
— Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus (@DrTedros) January 24, 2020
“Words cannot express our sorrow for the passing of our colleague and friend Dr Peter Salama,” WHO representative Dr Ahmed Zouiten shared.
“I’m personally devastated as with his passing I lost not only a friend, but also someone who supported me greatly. We grieve together with Dr Salama’s family during this difficult times.”
WHO worker Catherine Kane remembered her co-worker as “passionate & compassionate; intelligent & wise; a leader who listened. It was a privilege, Pete .”