Neglected tropical diseases

Dr Margaret Chan, Director-General of the World Health Organization

29 December 2009 | Geneva
End-of-Year Message

Quotation from Dr Margaret Chan's speech, Director-General of the World Health Organization.

"A decade into the 21st century: what do world events mean for public health and WHO?


Smart strategies, good will, and good results brought the neglected tropical diseases into the spotlight. Supported by a strong coalition of partners, the introduction of integrated approaches to mass preventive chemotherapy raised the possibility, for the first time, that many of these ancient diseases could be eliminated by 2015."