Women and Africa, Paramount for New Female Director-General of WHO
Margaret Chan, the newly-elected Director-General of the UN World Health Organization (WHO), recently announced an agenda for her term centered around women�s health. Dr. Chan is focused on achieving the UN Millennium Development Goals, which include the promotion of gender equality and female empowerment, as well as improving maternal health.
Chan is also focused on fighting HIV/AIDS in Africa, as it has begun to affect more women and children. According to WHO, in sub-Saharan Africa, women make up almost 60 percent of those infected with HIV and the infection rates among adolescent girls and young women are much higher than those of young males. Chan's goals reach beyond physical health and aim to empower women to "leverage their resources and their creativity and become change agents" because she believes that women who are empowered "can make changes, not only to themselves but also to their families and their communities."
Chan previously held the position of director of Health of Hong Kong, where she managed outbreaks of avian influenza and severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS). Her first job in her 30 years of public health service involved taking care of children and pregnant women. In November 2006, she was elected to replace Dr. Lee Jong-wook (who passed away suddenly last year) and will serve until 2012.
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Emphasizing her party's commitment to maintaining Taiwan's independence from China, Tsai won over young voters eager to usher in a political changing of the guard following some 70 years of dominance by the pro-Chinese unification party, the Kuomintang (KMT), chaired by presidential opponent Eric Chu. . . .