Margaret Chan

2 Gates Foundation won’t take a stand on universal health coverage

A funny thing happened at the World Bank the other day. World Bank President Jim Yong Kim gestures while speaking at the forum Endpoverty 2030 during the IMF/World Bank Spring Meetings at IMF headquarters in Washington, Thursday, April 10, 2014.AP The international financial institution devoted to fighting poverty and advancing…

0 WHO says it has not been bought off by the food and beverage industry

Flickr, su-lin A month ago, some investigative reporters at Reuters did a big expose article contending the World Health Organization had been compromised in its efforts to combat non-communicable diseases — aka NCDs like obesity, diabetes and heart disease — by allowing the food and beverage industry too much influence…

0 Gates Malaria Forum: Optimism, Urgency and a bit of Kumbaya

Analysis The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s Malaria Forum in Seattle comes to an end today and has certainly lived up to its theme of “Optimism and Urgency.” Bill and Melinda Gates speak at Malaria Forum, with moderator ABC News’ Richard BesserTom Paulson There is legitimate cause for optimism, especially…

0 Did the week-long World Health Assembly accomplish anything?

World Health OrganizationWHO At the close of the week-long meeting of the World Health Assembly, the governing body of the World Health Organization, it’s worth asking what was accomplished in Geneva to advance global health. The WHO, which is supposed to set priorities and establish guidelines for the international community’s…

0 Critics say World Health Organization too cozy with corporate interests

A number of civil society and non-profit organizations are claiming that the World Health Organization is overly influenced by commercial and corporate interests. At this week’s World Health Assembly meeting in Geneva, Corporate Accountability International, which represents 100 organizations from 24 countries, claims the WHO is compromising its independence and…

2 Admitting Failure, excellent idea

One of the hardest things for any organization working in development — or, well, anyone doing anything — is to readily acknowledge failure. So some Canadian engineers want to make it easier. For example, Dr. Margaret Chan, director-general of the World Health Organization, got media attention Monday for sort of…

0 Major progress against malaria

The World Health Organization issued a report this week on how we’re doing in the battle against malaria. We’re doing quite well, thank you very much, at least in terms of getting existing tools of prevention like bed nets and household insecticides to millions more people. Says the WHO: A…