Dr Margaret Chan
Dr Margaret Chan is the Director-General of WHO and was first appointed by the World Health Assembly on 9 November 2006. The Assembly appointed Dr Chan for a second five-year term at its sixty-fifth session in May 2012. Dr Chan's current term began on 1 July 2012 and will continue until 30 June 2017.
Before being elected Director-General, Dr Chan was WHO Assistant Director-General for Communicable Diseases as well as Representative of the Director-General for Pandemic Influenza.
Prior to joining WHO, she was Director of Health in Hong Kong. During her nine-year tenure as director, Dr Chan confronted the first human outbreak of H5N1 avian influenza in 1997. She successfully defeated the spate of severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) in Hong Kong in 2003. She also launched new services to prevent disease and promote better health.
Ten years in public health: Report by Director-General
Report in chapters
- From primary health care to universal coverage – the "affordable dream"
- The neglected tropical diseases: a rags-to-riches story
- The power of vaccines: still not fully utilized
- Viral hepatitis: a hidden killer gains visibility
- Malaria: retreat of a centuries-old scourge
- Health security: is the world better prepared?
- A global health guardian: climate change, air pollution, and antimicrobial resistance
- Noncommunicable diseases: the slow motion disaster
- Mental health, ageing, dementia, malnutrition, deaths on the roads, violence and disability
- HIV: from a devastating epidemic to a manageable chronic disease
- Towards ending tuberculosis: what gets measured gets done
- Access to medicines: making market forces serve the poor
- Women, newborns, children, and adolescents