Head of UN health agency appointed for second termListen /
Governments around the world have been urged to continue their efforts to improve people's health despite the financial difficulties they are facing.
The appeal was made by the Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO), Dr. Margaret Chan who was appointed for a second five-year term on Tuesday.
She told health ministers and representatives of WHO Member States meeting in Geneva, that universal coverage is the single most powerful concept that public health has to offer.
Dr. Chan pledged her continued commitment to improve the health of the most vulnerable people.
"If we let down our guard, slacken our efforts, problems that are so close to being brought under control will come roaring back. The history of public health has taught us this, time and time again. Despite what we know are difficult financial times, my ambitions for the next five years are high, fully justified, and I believe, widely shared. My overarching commitment to improve the health of women and the people of Africa will continue." (Duration: 29″)
Dr. Chan warned that the future of funding for international health development is uncertain.