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Margaret Chan

Who said it?

We are empty-handed when it comes to prevention. These are alarm bells and we must respond.

Wednesday, 29 May, 2013, 6:35am

WHO says patents are obstructing moves to fight Sars-like virus

International efforts to combat a new Sars-like virus that has killed 22 people are being slowed by the fact that a Dutch laboratory has patented copies of the pathogen in its search for potentially profitable rights to disease samples, the head of the World Health Organisation has warned.

25 May 2013 - 4:20am

No new H7N9 cases in China for a week

No new human cases of the H7N9 virus have been recorded in China for a week, national health authorities said, for the first time since the outbreak began in March.

One previously infected patient died in the week beginning between May 13, the National Health and Family Planning Commission said in a statement late on Monday, taking the total number of fatalities from the virus to 36.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

The lessons of Sars, 10 years on

Ten years ago, on March 12, I sent an urgent e-mail to the World Health Organisation. I was in charge of Hong Kong's Department of Health at that time. We were screening more than 50 hospital staff for symptoms in a mysterious outbreak of flu-like illness.

20 Feb 2013 - 4:12am 4 comments

Global pact adopted to curb illicit tobacco trade

More than 170 countries on Monday adopted what World Health Organisation (WHO) chief Margaret Chan called a “game-changing” global pact to combat the illegal tobacco trade.

12 Nov 2012 - 5:06pm

Major health reshuffle set for coming months

Some of the city's most senior health officials, including the director of health and the food and health minister, will step down in the next few months, due to retirement or the end of their contracts.

10 May 2012 - 12:00am

Improve chances of healthy old age

Today - United Nations World Health Day - is the 64th anniversary of the founding of the World Health Organisation. In human terms, that is no longer seen as old because people live much longer, a factor in the choice of ageing and health as the global theme for this birthday. In the next few years, for the first time, the world will have more people aged over 60 than children under five.

7 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Talking points

Our editors will be looking ahead today to these developing stories ...

New pitch for snubbed tycoon

29 Nov 2011 - 12:00am