Incumbent WHO chief only candidate for agency's top post

21st November 2011, Comments 0 comments

The World Health Organisation said Monday that it has received just one application for the UN health agency's top post -- from current director-general Margaret Chan.

"Only one candidate has been proposed," said the WHO. "The candidate is Dr Margaret Chan, the current director-general, whose name has been submitted by China."

An executive board meeting in Geneva between January 16 and 23 will decide whether to put the name forward to the World Health Assembly in May, which would make the final decision regarding the appointment.

Chan, a former Hong Kong health chief, was elected director-general of the WHO in November 2006.

During her Hong Kong tenure the city dealt with the world's first outbreak of the deadly H5N1 bird flu virus as well as an outbreak of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS).

And in 2009, during her time at the helm of the WHO, Chan declared swine flu the world's first flu pandemic in 40 years.

© 2011 AFP

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