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UN Health Agency head proposed

25th July 2006

27072006_MargaretChan1.jpgMargaret Chan, who has been helping lead pandemic influenza preparations for the World Health Organisation, will step aside from her post after she was nominated by China to lead the United Nations Health Agency.

Chan, who is also WHO assistant director-general for communicable diseases, has taken a leave of absence because employees of WHO are unable to continue working at the organisation if they are being considered for an elected position. She is the third senior WHO official to step aside since June after being nominated by a member-state for director-general, a post held by South Korea's Lee Jong-Wook, who died in May after surgery to remove a clot on his brain.

Chan, 58, joined the Geneva-based agency in 2003 after serving for four years as director of health in Hong Kong, which supports her nomination. At the WHO, Chan has helped orchestrate efforts among developing countries to prevent a bird flu epidemic. She also gained support from major countries and influenced drugmakers to develop vaccines.


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