Chan confirmed as head of WHO

first_imgNov 9, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – Dr. Margaret Chan, a former Hong Kong health official who has battled H5N1 avian influenza and SARS, easily won election today as the next director-general of the World Health Organization (WHO).Chan received 150 votes in a closed meeting of the 193-nation World Health Assembly, well above the two thirds majority she needed, according to an Associated Press (AP) report. The WHO’s executive board nominated her yesterday to succeed Dr. Lee Jong-wook, who died on May 22. Dr. Anders Nordstrom has been serving as acting director-general.Chan, with the WHO since 2003, has been serving as the director-general’s representative for pandemic influenza and as assistant director general for communicable diseases. Her term as director-general will run until June 2012, according to the Associated Press (AP).In accepting her election, Chan said her top goals will be to improve the health of Africans and of women around the world. She also told reporters she would set her Chinese nationality aside as she works to combat major threats such as avian flu.”I want us to be judged by the impact we have on the health of the people of Africa, and the health of women,” a WHO news release quoted Chan as saying in her acceptance speech. “Improvements in the health of the people of Africa and the health of women are the key indicators of the performance of WHO.”Concluding her speech, she said, “The work we do together saves lives and relieves suffering. I will work with you tirelessly to make this world a healthier place.”Chan is the first Chinese to become the head of a major United Nations agency. China has been accused of being slow to share H5N1 avian flu data and virus samples, especially with regard to poultry outbreaks.Chan promised to use her influence with Beijing in the battle with avian flu, according to an Agence France-Presse (AFP) report.”Now I’m elected as the WHO’s director-general I no longer carry my nationality on my sleeve. I leave it behind,” she was quoted as telling reporters.”I will speak up if some member states need to strengthen their effort, and in this case if you are referring to China I will definitely speak out and urge China . . . to share information,” she said, according to AFP.As Hong Kong’s director of health in 1997, Chan led the city’s effort to stop the first major H5N1 outbreaks in poultry and the first human cases. Her decision to quickly slaughter all 1.5 million poultry in the district has been credited with stopping the outbreak and possibly preventing a major international health crisis.Chan was also in charge when SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome) spread through Hong Kong in 2003.Infectious disease expert Michael T. Osterholm, PhD, MPH, a leading proponent of pandemic influenza preparedness, praised the election of Chan. He said she provided “outstanding” leadership during the SARS crisis and has “timely and needed” expertise on avian flu.”Margaret Chan understands infectious diseases at the household and neighborhood level, based on her longtime, hands-on public health work in Hong Kong,” said Osterholm, director of the University of Minnesota Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy, publisher of the CIDRAP Web site. “This type of experience is invaluable in her role now as the leading international public health policy leader. She’s well grounded in the most practical aspects of what the WHO must be doing on a global basis.”See also:Nov 9 WHO news releasehttp://www.who.int/mediacentre/news/releases/2006/pr66/en/index.htmllast_img read more

Thursday August 1st KRIB 12:05 PM news

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Jaipur – Travel Agent Competition

first_imgroomsXML, Scoot, India Heritage and Culture Tours and ETB bring you the competition of the year for 2 lucky agents including flights, accommodation, drinks and tours. Agents only!An Australian Travel Agent and a guest is just 10 questions away from going in the draw to win prize of the year.roomsXML, Scoot Airways, India Heritage & Culture Tours and ETB Travel News are giving Aussie agents the chance to win an amazing experience of colourful Rajasthan, India.The prize includes:2 return economy tickets with Scoot to JaipurTransfer from Jaipur International Airport to Hotel Mahal Khandela in an air-conditioned carTraditional hotel welcome – showering of rose petals,beating of drums and “tilak”. Rangoli on the hotel entrance and  central courtyard.Rooms in all hotels stocked with wine and beer,fresh and dry fruits, chocolates,juices and mineral water.Gala dinner,bar-be-cue and unlimited drinks hosted by the owners of Hotel Mahal Khandela. Join in the folk dances and music a famous troupe will perform in your honour on the hotel’s roof-top.Sumptuous breakfasts,lunches,bar-be-cue and dinners during your tripFull-day sight seeing with an escort speaking the language of the guests.Complimentary Ayurvedic massageClimb up Fort Amer on an elephant.Excursions to the awesome 8th century Chand Baori step-wellSee an enthralling “aarti” being performed to Lord Brahma at the temple town of Pushkar.See magnificent frescoes of Shekhawti on a walking tour of Mandawa town during your stay at Castle Mandawa. See tigers at close quarters during a thrilling jeep safari deep into the Ranthambore Tiger Sanctuary. Transfer to Jaipur airport for flying outAnd now, the questions you need to answer to go into the draw……Name one outstanding feature of the Malani breed of horses found  in Western parts of Rajasthan – IndiaWho was the court poet who wrote the epic poem “Prithviraj Raso” in praise of a 12th Century AD Hindu King?What is the major ingredient used in the preparation of gatta curry – a well-known cuisine of Rajasthan?To which Goddess the 8th century temple at village Abhaneri  in Rajasthan dedicated to?Name any four forts of Rajasthan that are on UNESCO World Heritage Sites List.Where is the oldest temple in Rajasthan of Trinetra Lord Ganesha located?How many metallic pegs are found on the folk musical instrument called Raavan Hatta?Which Rajasthani folklorist was nominated for the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2006 ?Which Western expert has written a book on swords & daggers in which he has acknowledged the contribution of some members of Khandela family?To which dynasty did Raja Pajwanrai belong and who succeeded on his throne after his death? Correct answers should be emailed to au.support@roomsxml.com before midday, AEDST, on Friday 16th DecemberTerms & ConditionsCorrect answers should be emailed to au.support@roomsxml.com before midday, AEDST, on Friday 16th DecemberThe  answers to the questions will be published immediately after the competition endsThere will be no dispute as regards to the correctness of the answersThe inclusions and exclusions on the trip will appear in the detailed itineraryFlights valid until 30 Sept 2017Land operator supplier reserves all rightsScoot the airline reserves all rights learn more about roomsXML.com herelast_img read more