What’s on Margaret Chan’s checklist for the next five years?
The Chinese national was appointed to a second five-year term as director-general of the World Health Organization May 23. In her acceptance speech at the 65th World Health Assembly, she identified priority areas for her next term, which starts July 1.
Reforming health systems and building their capacities.
Scaling up access to health supplies.
Improving health in Africa.
Health development for poverty reduction.
Mental health and other disabilities.
Chan also committed to continuing her support to improve women’s health by “fully supporting” a number of initiatives focused on the subject, including U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s “Every Woman, Every Child.” She also highlighted the need for universal health coverage, which she referred to as “the single most powerful concept that public health has to offer.”
The WHO director-general said she will issue a “report card” before her current term expires in June. The card will be a testament of her performance as WHO chief and will show if she was able to deliver on her “22 promises” to WHO’s member states.
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