Director-General begins second term, releases report on first term

Dr Margaret Chan, WHO Director-General, began her second term on 1 July 2012. In 2006, before being elected to the post, she issued a manifesto with a six-point agenda for leading the organization forward:

  • development for health
  • security for health
  • capacity for health
  • information and knowledge for health
  • partnerships for health
  • performance for health.

Looking back over the past six years, Dr Chan comments, “Across the board, the greatest gains were made when governments gave health objectives high-level political support. In such cases, the job of WHO, at country, regional and head-office levels, has been to follow the countries’ lead, stepping in with technical support and guidance whenever needed or requested.”

As Dr Chan enters her second term, she has published an assessment of the achievements, setbacks and remaining health challenges.