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Assistant Director-General - Communicable Diseases
Dr Margaret Chan, from the People's Republic of China, obtained her Medical Degree from the University of Western Ontario in Canada. She joined the Hong Kong Department of Health in 1978, where her career in public health began.
In 1994, Dr Chan was appointed to Director of Health of Hong Kong. In her nine-year tenure as director, she launched new preventive and promotive health care services. She also introduced new initiatives to improve communicable disease surveillance and response, enhance training for public health professionals, and to establish better local and international collaboration. She has effectively managed outbreaks of avian influenza and of severe acute respiratory syndrome.
In 2003, Dr Chan became WHO's Director of the Department of Protection of the Human Environment. In June 2005, she was appointed as Director, Communicable Diseases Surveillance and Response as well as Representative of the Director-General for Pandemic Influenza. She now continues in the role as Representative along with the duties as Assistant Director-General for the Communicable Diseases cluster.
In July 2006, Dr Chan took a leave of absence from WHO, in relation to her candidacy for the position of WHO Director-General. The position of Director-General will be decided upon by the World Health Assembly on 9 November. Until that decision is made, Dr David Heymann is Acting Assistant Director-General for Communicable Diseases.