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Malaria deaths among children under five halved since 2000

Malaria deaths among children under five halved since 2000

Dec. 11 (UPI) -- The number of children under five dying from malaria dropped by half between 2000 and 2012, to under half a million, according to the World Health Organization.
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WHO issues HIV treatment recommendations

GENEVA, Switzerland, June 30 (UPI) -- New HIV treatment guidelines issued by the World Health Organization recommend offering anti-retroviral therapy earlier to help patients live longer lives.
Third of women worldwide experience intimate partner violence

Third of women worldwide experience intimate partner violence

GENEVA, Switzerland, June 21 (UPI) -- About a third of all women worldwide will experience either intimate partner or non-partner violence, World Health Organization officials in Switzerland say.
WHO: Health officials must collaborate on health threats

WHO: Health officials must collaborate on health threats

GENEVA, Switzerland, May 22 (UPI) -- An international collaboration, like the effort that staved off the SARS virus 10 years ago is needed now, the head of the World Health Organization says.
Syria's Assad signs amnesty decree for certain crimes

Syria's Assad signs amnesty decree for certain crimes

DAMASCUS, Syria, April 16 (UPI) -- Syrian President Bashar Assad Tuesday issued a decree granting amnesty for certain crimes, government-run news agency SANA reported.
WHO: Emergency plan for polio eradication

WHO: Emergency plan for polio eradication

GENEVA, Switzerland, May 24 (UPI) -- Funding shortages forced the Global Polio Eradication Initiative to scale back vaccination in 24 high-risk countries, officials meeting in Switzerland said.

WHO stresses health among elderly

UNITED NATIONS, April 7 (UPI) -- U.N. officials marked World Health Day Saturday by emphasizing the importance of helping elderly people stay healthy as they age.

WHO: Mental illness guide helps therapy

GENEVA, Switzerland, Oct. 8 (UPI) -- An intervention guide facilitates the management of depression, alcohol use disorders and other mental disorders, World Health Organization officials say.

WHO: Swine flu pandemic winding down

GENEVA, Switzerland, Aug. 10 (UPI) -- The H1N1 strain of influenza virus, popularly known as swine flu, appears to have run its course, the World Health Organization said Tuesday.
WHO: Premature to say H1N1 has peaked

WHO: Premature to say H1N1 has peaked

GENEVA, Switzerland, Feb. 24 (UPI) -- It is premature to conclude that all parts of the world have experienced peak transmission of H1N1, World Health Organization officials in Switzerland say.
Weak infrastructure makes disasters worse

Weak infrastructure makes disasters worse

GENEVA, Switzerland, Jan. 18 (UPI) -- If infrastructures are weak the vulnerability of populations to disasters is vastly increased, the head of the World Health Organization said in Switzerland.

WHO: H1N1 flu spreading, 'unstoppable'

CANCUN, Mexico, July 3 (UPI) -- The head of the World Health Organization said the spread of the swine flu worldwide is unstoppable.
Putin takes aim at alcohol addiction

Putin takes aim at alcohol addiction

NOVO-OGAREVO, Russia, June 26 (UPI) -- Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin put the emphasis on alcohol addiction and smoking Friday as key targets to achieve a healthy nation.
WHO: World at start of N1H1 pandemic

WHO: World at start of N1H1 pandemic

GENEVA, Switzerland, June 11 (UPI) -- The world is at the beginning of the 2009 H1N1 flu pandemic, the World Health Organization director general said in Geneva, Switzerland, Thursday.
H1N1 cases near 10,000 worldwide

H1N1 cases near 10,000 worldwide

GENEVA, Switzerland, May 19 (UPI) -- Forty countries have officially reported 9,830 cases of H1N1 flu, including 79 deaths, the World Health Organization in Geneva, Switzerland, said Tuesday.
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Margaret Chan Fung Fu-chun, OBE JP (born 1947 in Hong Kong) is the Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO). Chan was elected by the Executive Board of the WHO on 8 November 2006, and was endorsed in a special meeting of the World Health Assembly on the following day. Chan has previously served as Director of Health in the Hong Kong Government (1994-2003), representative of the WHO Director-General for Pandemic Influenza and WHO Assistant Director-General for Communicable Diseases (2003-2006).

Margaret Chan was initially trained as a Home Economics teacher at the Northcote College of Education in Hong Kong. She then earned her B.A. degree in Home Economics and her M.D. degree at the University of Western Ontario in 1973 and 1977, respectively, as well as her MSc (Public Health) degree at the National University of Singapore in 1985. In 1997, she was given the distinction for the Fellowship of the Faculty of Public Health Medicine of the Royal College of Physicians of the United Kingdom and was also appointed as an Officer of the Order of the British Empire by Queen Elizabeth II.

She joined the Hong Kong Government in December 1978 as a Medical Officer. In November 1989, she was promoted to Assistant Director of the Department of Health (Hong Kong). In April 1992, she was promoted to Deputy Director and, in June 1994, was named the first female in Hong Kong to head the Department of Health. She left the Hong Kong Government in August 2003 after 25 years of service to join the World Health Organization.

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