Dr Margaret Chan, Director-General of the World Health Organization
4 January 2007 – Address to WHO staff
Quotation from Dr Margaret Chan's speech, Director-General of the World Health Organization.
"The neglected tropical diseases provide another example of our solidarity. These diseases do not travel internationally, threaten the health or economies of wealthy countries, or make headline news. Yet they cause immense suffering and disability for millions of people and anchor them in poverty. The world is now paying attention to these diseases and making progress in unprecedented ways, with ambitious goals, excellent interventions, and growing evidence of multiple benefits for health. This attention to long-neglected diseases is a positive sign that health is a responsibility shared by the international community."