Situations in Kenya, Gaza Highlight How Political Turmoil Can Threaten Global Health, WHO Director-General Says
January 23, 2008
Recent violence and unrest in Kenya and Gaza demonstrate how political turmoil can threaten public health, Margaret Chan, director-general of the World Health Organization, said Monday at a meeting of WHO's Executive Board, Reuters reports. The 34-member WHO Executive Board is meeting this week to address key global health issues ahead of the World Health Assembly in May (MacInnis, Reuters, 1/21). Chan said that political unrest can disrupt "routine health services and compromise special initiatives, as we have seen repeatedly with polio eradication." She added, "I am concerned, in particular, about the situation in Kenya, where support is urgently needed to ensure the continuity of routine health services and programs for HIV/AIDS, malaria, tuberculosis and other diseases" (Schlein, VOA News, 1/21).
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