Margaret Chan

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BornMargaret Fung Fu-chun
21 August 1947
Hong Kong
NationalityChinese, Canadian
The WHO Director General who announced 2009 H1N1 swine flu pandemic

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In office
9 November 2006 - 1 July 2017
Succeeded byTedros Ghebreyesus
announced 2009 H1N1 swine flu pandemic

Dr Margaret Chan Fung Fu-chun is a Chinese-Canadian physician. She was Director-General of the World Health Organization. Chan had previously worked as Director of Health in the Hong Kong Government (19942003), representative of the WHO Director-General for Pandemic Influenza and WHO Assistant Director-General for Communicable Diseases (20032006).[1]


When asked by the film maker Lilian Franck for the documentary TrustWHO in 2015,[2] whether she considered stepping down from her position as director, Dr Chan confirmed the problem which the World Health Organization has - that private financing will come with strings attached.

Lilian Franck: Important donor nations they want a weak WHO. One could even compare WHO to Titanic I would say. So isn't it your responsibility, Dr Chan, to step down before the end of your 2nd term, in order to signal to the world that your organisation, your ship, is sinking.

Margaret Chan: You ask an excellent question. If I tell you, WHO as an organisation, only 30 percent of my budget is predictable funds. Other 70 percent I have to take a hat and go around the world, to beg for money. And when they give us the money, they are highly linked to their preferences, what they like. It may not be the priority of WHO. So if we do not solve this, you know (hand gesture), we are not going to be as great as we were.”

Lilian Franck,  Margaret Chan (11 October 2015)  [3]


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