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WHO elections

World Health Organisation chief Margaret Chan leaves big shoes to fill

The former Hong Kong director of health is retiring as director-general of the World Health Organisation after serving more than 10 years in the role. On the front line she will be remembered for rising to the challenges of severe acute respiratory syndrome and Ebola in particular and the hard lessons learned. But her most valuable legacy, if the world takes up her initiative seriously, may yet turn out to be a global action plan on bacterial resistance to antibiotics, which if not curbed could make common infections life threatening once again

May 29, 2017
South China Morning Post

Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus: Ethiopian wins top WHO job

Tedros Adhanom will be the first African to head up the UN agency after he won the most votes from the 186 member states and he replaces Margaret Chan, who will step down from her 10 year post at the end of June. Dr Tedros promised to respond to future emergencies rapidly and effectively, and to stand up for the rights of the poor

May 23, 2017

World Health Organization Elects a New Director General from Ethiopia

Tedros will be taking over the position of director general of the World Health Organization from Dr Margaret Chan, who has led the agency since 2006. He will serve a five year term in the new position which will begin July 1st. He will become the first health official from Africa to serve as director general

May 23, 2017

WHO Elects Ethiopia’s Tedros as First Director General From Africa

Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus of Ethiopia was elected to lead the World Health Organization on Tuesday, the first ever African to head the agency. Dr Tedros beat Dr David Nabarro after three rounds of voting, Dr Sania Nishtar finished in third place in the first round and she was eliminated after receiving 38 votes. Dr Tedros Adhanom replaces Dr Margaret Chan who has led the agency for 10 years and takes up his post on July 1st

May 23, 2017
New York Times

70th World Health Assembly begins today in Geneva

The Guardian Nigeria tells its readers about the start of the World Health Assembly in Geneva and suggests which issues may top its agenda: the Ebola outbreak in the DRC, the Cerebro Spinal Meningitis epidemic in Nigeria, not excluding the important election of a new director general to succeed Margaret Chan

May 22, 2017
Guardian Nigeria

Outgoing WHO Director Says Agency Remains Relevant

Margaret Chan, outgoing director general of the World Health Organization, opened the World Health Assembly by staunchly defending the organization against critics who say it has lost relevance. She went through a ‘report card’ on her time at the agency and offered her take on the organization’s successes and where it fell short. The article concluded by outlining Tuesday’s election for her successor and explaining the process and the candidates

May 22, 2017
Voice of America

La OMS elige al sustituto de Margaret Chan en la 70ª Asamblea Mundial

ConSalud wrote an article about the Director General of the World Health Organization, Margaret Chan and her leaving office this week after a new DG is elected to replace her

May 21, 2017

Margaret Chan verlässt die Weltgesundheitsorganisation

General Anzeiger looks more closely at the record of Margaret Chan as head of WHO over the last decade, it scans the highs and lows, and concludes the organization has lost some ground in terms of trust and needs a reboot at the hands of the next director general

May 21, 2017
General Anzeiger

Preparedness, surveillance and response

Yemen Now Faces 'The Worst Cholera Outbreak In The World,' U.N. Says

Anthony Lake, executive director of UNICEF, and Margaret Chan, director-general of the World Health Organization, say that "more than 1,300 people have died — one quarter of them children — and the death toll is expected to rise." They suspect that is because Yemen now has upwards of 200,000 cases to grapple with, and that number is growing quickly — by a rate of roughly 5,000 cases a day. "And geographically, it is expanding," Mohamed El Montassir Hussein, Yemen director for the International Rescue Committee, told NPR`s Jason Beaubien earlier this month

June 24, 2017
June 25, 2017
AlJazeera, BBC
June 23, 2017
Voice of America
June 25, 2017
June 22, 2017

Chan’s Last Speech To WHA Opening: Affordable Medicines, Innovation, Listen To Civil Society, ...

In her final opening speech to the annual World Health Assembly, Director General Margaret Chan underlined progress made and left to make, and highlighted access to medicines as the most contentious issue of her decade of services. She stressed the importance of innovation and investment in health, acknowledged the necessity of partners in the private sector and civil society and encouraged scientific evidence in decision making

May 22, 2017

Outgoing WHO chief says world 'better prepared' for health crises

Margaret Chan defended her legacy and insisted that the world has become better prepared to face health emergencies like Ebola on her watch. She acknowledged mistakes had been made while she was at the helm but said that despite frequent criticism that WHO has lost its relevance, the organization has learnt and a wide range of reforms have occurred. She pointed to significant progress in the fight against HIV, TB and malaria as well as against a wide range of long neglected tropical diseases as achievements. She also said WHO is now better prepared to respond to the next epidemic

May 22, 2017
The Daily Star, The Standard, RTBF, Le Point

MERS causes new Saudi hospital outbreak: WHO

Ten people have caught the MERS corona virus after an outbreak in a haemodialysis unit in a hospital in Saudi Arabia, WHO said, without, at first, giving details of how the virus was able to spread within the hospital. At least 49 patients and medical staff were exposed. Later, Scientific American reported the cause was identified as a wrong diagnosis and wrong subsequent treatment

April 4, 2017
Reuters, Enca, Jakarta Globe, Scientific American, The National

Health systems

Interview: From Hong Kong to world stage - WHO chief Margaret Chan's endeavor to safeguard publi...

Xinhua interviews director-general of the World Health Organization Margaret Chan who expressed pride in her time at the helm of the world’s ‘doctor’ as she outlined how WHO and its partner organizations have made progress in improving people’s health and life expectancy during the 10 years she has been in charge

June 20, 2017

AI in healthcare is being built by and for the wealthiest: we need a wider perspective, warns WH...

What good does it do to get early diagnoses of skin or breast cancer if a country does not provide the opportunity for treatment or if the price of medicines are not affordable? WHO’s Margaret Chan asked the audience at the UN’s AI Summit for Good. Many developing countries don’t have health data to mine. And they don’t have functioning systems for registering vital causes of death stats. The World Health Organisation director-general spoke of the need to ensure medical AI applications work for the poorest and the richest

June 7, 2017

The Campaign to Lead the World Health Organization

The New York Times looks at the campaign to lead the World Health Organization. It explains the new voting procedure and who the three remaining candidates to lead WHO are. It runs over the list of challenges the new WHO boss faces, the organization is suffering from an identity crisis, it is often accused of being lumbering and slow, it is dependent on partnering medical charities like Doctors Without Borders, it is bureaucratic and under pressure from competing lobby groups and donors

April 3, 2017
New York Times