Influenza pandemics must be taken seriously, precisely because of their capacity to spread rapidly to every country in the world.

— Margaret Chan

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All countries should immediately now activate their pandemic preparedness plans.

Countries should remain on high alert for unusual outbreaks of influenza-like illness and severe pneumonia.

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The international community should treat this as a window of opportunity to ramp up preparedness and response.

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Pandemic influenza is by nature an international issue; it requires an international solution.

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The unique nature about the influenza virus is its great potential for changes, for mutation.

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Some experts say we are moving back to the pre-antibiotic era.

No. This will be a post-antibiotic era. In terms of new replacement antibiotics, the pipeline is virtually dry. A post-antibiotic era means, in effect, an end to modern medicine as we know it. Things as common as strep throat or a child's scratched knee could once again kill.

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We need to empower women. Give women a voice in the decision-making process. Give women a political voice where they can champion, for their own welfare. And, of course, for us. United Nations - organizations, agencies - we need to do our part.

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Many diseases including malaria, dengue, meningitis - just a few examples - these are what we call climate-sensitive diseases, because such climate dimensions for rainfall, humidity and temperature would influence the epidemics, the outbreaks, either directly influencing the parasites or the mosquitoes that carry them.

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Everyone needs to remember that Ebola was not a worst-case scenario.

Preparedness for the future means preparedness for a very severe disease that spreads via the airborne route or can be transmitted during the incubation period, before an infected person shows telltale signs of illness.

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The way I look at - speaking as a woman - I understand what it means to be a daughter, and to be a wife, and to be a mother, and also to be a career woman. The multiple roles that women can play in a society if given the opportunity is really a tremendous asset.

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I want us to be judged by the impact we have on the health of the people of Africa and the health of women. Improvements in the health of the people of Africa and the health of women are key indicators of the performance of WHO. This is a health organization for the whole world... But we must focus our attention on the people in greatest need.

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Health system development is a key to effective detection, response, and control of any outbreak.

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After all it really is all of humanity that is under threat during a pandemic.

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About Margaret Chan

Quotes 40 sayings
Nationality Chinese
Profession Public Servant
Birthday October 16

Tobacco is the only industry that produces products to make huge profits and at the same time damage the health and kill their consumers.

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For a pandemic of moderate severity, this is one of our greatest challenges: helping people to understand when they do not need to worry, and when they do need to seek urgent care.

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Avoid activities outdoor. If you like to take an afternoon nap sleep under bed net. So these are measures that can be done to minimize [the] chance of infection [with Zika virus].

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Maternal mortality health is a very sensitive indicator.

All you need to look at is a country's maternal mortality rate. That is a surrogate for whether the country's health system is functioning. If it works for women, I'm sure it will work for men.

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...we hope to stop the transmission in six to nine months

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I think U.N. organizations are important organizations. They exist for good reasons. And we also admit that there is room for us to improve the way we do business. The WHO will be a very positive and proactive partner in the overall U.N. reform, which is also important.

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We should never forget the government should be held accountable for providing services.

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I am personally overseeing changes that include the establishment of a global health emergency workforce.

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A severe disease that transmits easily will leave very little international surge capacity as most countries will need their own staff and resources to combat the outbreak in their territories.

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This change to a higher phase of alert is a signal to governments, to ministries of health and other ministries, to the pharmaceutical industry and the business community that certain actions now should be undertaken with increased urgency and at an accelerated pace.

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[we have]taming of an ancient disease [malaria] that over the centuries has killed untold millions of people.

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The possible impact of the virus [Zika] an extraordinary event and a public health threat to other parts of the world.

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I have a reputation for being a straight-talker.

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When WHO works with the private sector, the Organization takes all possible measures to ensure its work to develop policy and guidelines is protected from industry influence.

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When you're dealing with new and emerging diseases, you have no idea and you can't predict in advance what would happen.

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For the first time in history we can track the evolution of a pandemic in real time. Influenza viruses are notorious for their rapid mutation and unpredictable behaviour.

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Mexico is a safe, as well as a beautiful and warmly gracious, place to visit.

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Based on assessment of all available information and following several expert consultations, I have decided to raise the current level of influenza pandemic alert from phase 4 to phase 5.

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Antimicrobial resistance is on the rise in Europe and elsewhere in the world.

We are losing our first-line antimicrobials. Replacement treatments are more costly, more toxic, need much longer durations of treatment, and may require treatment in intensive care units.

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The multiple roles that women can play in a society if given the opportunity is really a tremendous asset.

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At a time of multiple calamities in the world, we cannot allow the loss of essential antimicrobials, essential cures for many millions of people, to become the next global crisis.

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The Paris Declaration on Aid Effectiveness, and the related Accra Agenda for Action, are useful policy instruments that set out the mutual responsibilities of donors and recipient countries.

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New diseases like SARS and bird flu cause anxiety in the community.

People get worried, some to the extent that it even affects their health. You feel very sad, and yet you must carry on and maintain your cool in very trying and difficult moments. You have to tough it out.

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The WHO is the lead agency in health in the United Nations system, and clearly we have very important functions to play.

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Geneva is a city where the living conditions and hospitality provided by both the population and authorities of Geneva - at all levels - are exemplary and greatly facilitate the work and daily life of WHO employees.

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All experts on WHO advisory groups for developing norms, standards and guidelines are required to disclose interests regarding the advisory committee's area of work. If a declared interest is potentially significant, then the expert is either excluded from the meeting or given a restricted role.

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What amazes me most is that the media and I have fostered a close relationship.

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