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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.
Swine flu-HIV could devastate human race

Swine flu-HIV could devastate human race

WASHINGTON, May 4 (UPI) -- The global swine flu threat is receding, but it could return in a far more deadly form in the fall.
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Measles deaths drop globally by 74 percent

ATLANTA, Dec. 6 (UPI) -- Measles deaths worldwide fell by 74 percent from 2000 to 2007, from an estimated 750,000 to 197,000, U.S. and U.N. officials said.

WHO: Social injustice kills on grand scale

GENEVA, Switzerland, Aug. 28 (UPI) -- Social injustice is killing people on a grand scale, said the World Health Organization's Commission on the Social Determinants of Health in Switzerland.

Group calls for child-sized meds

LONDON, Dec. 7 (UPI) -- The World Health Organization kicked off a campaign in London calling for more medicines tailored to children's needs.

Measles deaths decline in Africa

UNITED NATIONS, Nov. 29 (UPI) -- The Measles Initiative said Thursday it has met the goals set by the United Nations to eradicate the disease in Africa four years ahead of schedule.

Global 'public health security' needed

GENEVA, Switzerland, Aug. 23 (UPI) -- More global cooperation is needed to identify and stop the spread of diseases to ensure public health security, the World Health Organization said on Thursday.

WHO reforms virus sharing

GENEVA, Switzerland, May 23 (UPI) -- The World Health Organization is trying to reform the system for sharing virus samples and to ensure equitable access to bird flu vaccines.

WHO head worries about bird flu pandemic

GENEVA, Switzerland, Jan. 5 (UPI) -- The new World Health Organization chief said bird flu remains a global threat and noted that reports show outbreaks have increased recently.

Chan nominated for top WHO position

GENEVA, Switzerland, Nov. 8 (UPI) -- The World Health Organization has nominated Dr. Margaret Chan of China to become the U.N. agency's next director general.

Five on WHO director general shortlist

GENEVA, Switzerland, Nov. 7 (UPI) -- The World Health Organization has narrowed its shortlist of candidates for the post of director general to five finalists.
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Margaret Chan
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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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