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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.
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Title Annotation:International; Margaret Chan of the World Health Organization
Author:Bateman, Chris
Publication:CME: Your SA Journal of CPD
Article Type:Brief article
Geographic Code:9CHIN
Date:Jan 1, 2007
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