Margaret Chan's WHO campaign going online

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 31 August, 2006, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 31 August, 2006, 12:00am

WHO director-general candidate Margaret Chan Fung Fu-chun will launch her own webpage next week simultaneously with the release of her election manifesto.

Dr Chan, a former director of health and the World Health Organisation's assistant director-general on communicable diseases, has been visiting Africa and Europe in recent weeks, since Beijing declared her candidacy in late July.

She has not paused in her campaign, spending a few hours in one country before moving on to another, accompanied by officials from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs or from consulates and representative offices.

'She will have a webpage with her manifesto. It will be launched to tie in with the release of the manifesto,' Dr Chan's lone campaign aide, senior administrative officer Estrella Cheung King-sing, said yesterday from Geneva.

China's permanent mission to Geneva was expected to file the nomination papers for Dr Chan to the WHO's headquarters in the city this week.

Two other frontrunners - Mexico's Minister of Health, Julio Frenk, and Finland's director-general of the National Public Health Institute, Pekka Puska - have had personal websites running since their countries were declared in June.

Dr Frenk's platform is entitled 'Health Without Borders', while Dr Puska is focusing on his experience. He is still compiling his manifesto, and his candidacy papers were filed with the WHO yesterday.

Japan's Shigeru Omi, the WHO's regional director for the western Pacific, has said he will not have his own website, preferring instead a globe-trotting campaign, which last week took him to the Americas.

Altogether 10 candidates for the post have been declared and the election is scheduled for November 6-9 in Geneva.