African women light the way--WHO chief.
Margaret Chan of China, who was elected to lead the World Health
Organization, pledged to put the health of Africans and of women
worldwide at the heart of the agency's work. 'I want us to be
judged by the impact we have (on the health of these groups),' Chan
told the WHO's 193-nation assembly in her acceptance speech. The
new director-general said the two groups were the key indicators of the
WHO because of the huge burden of disease in Africa and the decisive
role of women in families and communities. Chan was the former Hong Kong health chief and WHO official in charge of communicable diseases. She
was voted in by 150 member states in the agency's assembly,
following her nomination by the agency's governing body over 10
other candidates. She will serve from 4 January 2007 to 30 June 2012.
When she takes office it will be the first time that an official from
China has headed a UN agency.