WHO Speeches on the Ebola Outbreak

  • WHO Director-General addresses high-level conference on global health security
    on Mar 23 2016 at 10:00

    Dr Margaret Chan welcomed the initiative aimed at strengthening country capacities to implement the International Health Regulations. As she noted, the conference signaled a high level political commitment and an equally high level of practical commitment to take concrete action.

  • WHO Director-General addresses United Kingdom medicines regulatory authority
    on Mar 1 2016 at 10:00

    In her lecture at the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency, Dr Margaret Chan described the multiple ways in which regulatory authorities protect public health on a daily basis.

  • WHO Director-General launches the European Medical Corps
    on Feb 15 2016 at 10:00

    In her keynote address, Dr Margaret Chan explained why launching the European Medical Corps marks a sea of change in the world’s preparedness to respond to public health emergencies.

  • WHO Director-General addresses the Executive Board
    on Jan 25 2016 at 00:00

    In her address, Dr Margaret Chan provided an update on the Ebola situation in West Africa. She described a new emergency programme that transforms the way WHO responds to outbreaks and humanitarian crises. She also discussed the implications for health of the Sustainable Development Goals and several major crises that threaten health worldwide.

  • WHO Director-General briefs UN General Assembly on Ebola
    on Jan 13 2016 at 09:00

    WHO Director-General briefs UN General Assembly on Ebola

  • WHO Director-General addresses Princeton - Fung Global Forum on lessons learned from the Ebola crisis
    on Nov 2 2015 at 08:00

    In her keynote address, Dr Margaret Chan explored the role that information and communications technology plays in outbreaks. Using the examples of SARS and Ebola, she showed how this role varies greatly depending on the context in which an outbreak evolves. In many cases, electronic gathering of disease intelligence operates as an effective, real-time early warning system. But the power of ICT is blunted when messages are not trusted or the content is inappropriate.

  • WHO Director-General addresses G7 health ministers on Ebola
    on Oct 9 2015 at 00:00

    In her remarks, Dr Margaret Chan looked at factors that helped make the Ebola outbreak in West Africa the largest, deadliest, and most complex in history. She stressed the need to have fundamental health services and infrastructures in place, especially in fragile and vulnerable countries.

  • WHO Director-General delivers lecture at Georgetown University’s Global Futures Initiative
    on Sep 30 2015 at 08:00

    In her lecture on global health’s 21st century governance challenges, Dr Margaret Chan explored the complexity of today’s public health challenges and the corresponding need for effective global governance structures. Topics covered ranged from Ebola and other emerging health threats to the new poverty map and the future of public health in the era of sustainable development.

  • WHO Director-General addresses Regional Committee for Europe
    on Sep 15 2015 at 08:00

    Dr Margaret Chan outlined the complex new challenges that confront health initiatives during the new era of sustainable development. She used recent behaviours of the tobacco and soda industries to illustrate a critical question: who really governs the policies that shape health – democratically-elected officials or multinational corporations? She also explained how the WHO Ebola response is shaping organization-wide reforms.

  • WHO Director-General addresses Institute of Medicine Ebola workshop
    on Sep 1 2015 at 08:00

    In her presentation to an IOM workshop on global health governance, Dr Margaret Chan stressed the importance of having core capacities in place to detect outbreaks early, diagnose the cause, and mount an emergency response. As she noted, no regime for global governance can manage the invisible.

  • WHO Director-General addresses the Review Committee of the International Health Regulations focused on the Ebola response
    on Aug 24 2015 at 08:00

    In her statement, Dr Margaret Chan drew attention to 3 main weaknesses of the IHR revealed during the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. She reviewed specific changes recommended by recent expert groups, and challenged committee members to propose further options. If countries are not honouring their legal obligations under the IHR, change is urgently needed. If WHO is not exercising its full authority under the IHR, change is urgently needed.

  • WHO Director-General briefs the UN Security Council on the Ebola situation
    on Aug 13 2015 at 08:00

    In her remarks to the Security Council, Dr Margaret Chan described dramatic improvements in the Ebola response that followed stepped-up international support, and praised the unwavering commitment of heads of state in Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone. As she noted, if the current intensity of case detection and contact tracing is sustained, the virus can be soundly defeated by the end of this year. That means getting to zero and staying at zero.

  • WHO Director-General addresses international conference of nurses
    on Jun 20 2015 at 08:00

    A person who saves a life is said to be a hero. A person who saves hundreds of lives is obviously a nurse. In her address to the International Council of Nurses conference, Dr Margaret Chan describes several 21st century “firsts” that have vastly increased the complexity of public health challenges and transformed the importance of the nursing profession. As she argues, historical barriers that keep nurses from using their full set of skills must be broken down as the only way to cope with rising costs and demands on a limited health workforce.

  • WHO Director-General's speech at the Sixty-eighth World Health Assembly
    on May 18 2015 at 08:00

    Dr Margaret Chan, WHO Director-General, opens the 68th World Health Assembly

  • WHO Director-General addresses high-level meeting on Ebola research and development
    on May 11 2015 at 08:00

    In her opening remarks, Dr Margaret Chan thanked scientists, public health experts, and the pharmaceutical industry for uniting, in unprecedented ways, to develop new medical products for Ebola in record time. The next task, which is the focus of the meeting, is to create a new R&D framework that can be used to expedite product development for any epidemic-prone disease, in any infectious disease emergency

  • From crisis to sustainable development: lessons from the Ebola outbreak
    on Mar 10 2015 at 08:00

    Dr Margaret Chan used her lecture, in the Women in Science series, to discuss lessons from West Africa’s outbreak of Ebola virus disease. As she noted, WHO and others underestimated how a well-known virus would behave in a new setting.

  • Ebola conference: From emergency to recovery
    on Mar 3 2015 at 08:00

    In her remarks to the Brussels conference on Ebola, Dr Margaret Chan stressed the urgent need to improve international preparedness for disease events, like the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, that are both severe and sustained.

  • Report by the Director-General to the Special Session of the Executive Board on Ebola
    on Jan 25 2015 at 08:00

    25 January 2015 -- Dr Chan's speech at the Special Session of the Executive Board on Ebola

  • WHO Director-General opens high-level meeting on Ebola vaccines
    on Jan 8 2015 at 08:00

    In her opening remarks, Dr Chan used a brief overview of the Ebola situation to illustrate the important role that vaccines could play in reducing the impact of the outbreaks. She noted the great sense of urgency, as scientists and industry aim to achieve in a matter of months work that normally takes 2 to 4 years.

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