Health of millions hangs in balance

A UN peacekeeper from Bolivia cleans a student's teeth

The health of millions of people around the world hangs in the balance as a result of the global financial crisis, according to the head of the World Health Organization (WHO).

Dr. Margaret Chan spoke at the start of a meeting on the agency's reform attended by senior health officials from various countries.

She urged the participants to reform WHO to enable it to improve global health standards, and reduce what she described as "some of the misery in this complex interdependent world."

"This is a world beset by one global crisis after another, where the health of millions of people hangs in the balance. Money is tight. Countries and development partners want value for money. They want results that they can measure, and show to taxpayers and parliamentarians. And they want a quick return on their investments."

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