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November 9, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
Dr. Margaret Chan, who has spearheaded the World Health Organization's fight against bird flu, was chosen to head the Geneva-based agency through June 2012. Chan was Hong Kong's health director when the territory reported the world's first known human outbreak of the H5N1 bird flu virus in 1997. Six people died, but Chan was credited with heading off a human health crisis by ordering the slaughter of Hong Kong's entire poultry population -- about 1.5 million birds -- in three days.
July 22, 2006 | Jia-Rui Chong, Times Staff Writer
The Indonesian Ministry of Health confirmed Thursday the country's 42nd human death from avian influenza, a toll that gave the nation, along with Vietnam, the most deaths from the virus. The latest victim, a 44-year-old man from East Jakarta, died July 12, the World Health Organization said. The man was probably infected by poultry around his home or the wet market where he worked at a food stall, the organization said. The strain of bird flu known as H5N1 is still primarily an animal disease.
May 28, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
The biggest case yet of humans possibly infecting others with bird flu prompted the World Health Organization to put the maker of the antiviral drug Tamiflu on alert for possible shipment of the global stockpile for the first time, officials said. Officials said the stockpile alert occurred Monday as experts puzzled over why six of seven Indonesians from a family in a village in North Sumatra province died after they became infected with the H5N1 virus.
May 23, 2006 | Thomas H. Maugh II, Times Staff Writer
Dr. Lee Jong-wook, director-general of the World Health Organization and the driving force in that agency's effort to expand AIDS treatment to the developing world, died Monday in Geneva following surgery to remove a blood clot from his brain. The first Korean to head a United Nations agency, Lee was 61.
March 18, 2006 | Sam Enriquez, Times Staff Writer
Of the thousands of entrepreneurs, protesters, do-gooders and policymakers here for the World Water Forum, few can match the passion of Suresh Baral. Infants and young children were dying in Baral's village in Nepal of intestinal diseases spread by bad hygiene, primitive sanitation and lack of clean water, as they do by the hundreds of thousands each year throughout the Third World. So 13-year-old Suresh and his friends started going door-to-door to save some of them.
November 25, 2005 | From Associated Press
Physical and sexual violence against women is extremely common -- most often by their partners -- and many women believe it is acceptable for a man to beat his wife if she disobeys or refuses sex, according to a World Health Organization report released Thursday. The WHO's first multi-country study on violence against women found that in the 10 countries surveyed, the percentage of women who had been physically or sexually abused at least once ranged from 20% to 75%.
November 6, 2005
Critics of the United Nations cite a long list of splashy failures by the world body. Here are half a dozen of the many lower-profile deeds the U.N. does around the world, as described by three former U.N. officials. -- DANIEL OKAMURA 1. Feeding the world The World Food Program started in 1962 as a three-year program and provided relief after a devastating earthquake in Iran, a hurricane in Thailand and the resettlement of 5 million Algerian war refugees.
October 26, 2005 | From Times Wire Reports
People should not panic about a possible influenza pandemic, despite the spread of a deadly strain of bird flu, leading health officials and politicians said. More than 60 people in Southeast Asia have died of avian flu, and the outbreak among birds has made its way to Europe. Margaret Chan, assistant director-general of the World Health Organization, said people should remember it is still relatively difficult for humans to catch bird flu.
April 16, 2005 | From Times Wire Reports
Shipments of a killer influenza virus sent to Mexico and Lebanon remain unaccounted for, but the World Health Organization said 15 other countries were expected to have destroyed their samples by today. The specimens were sent out by mistake, and the labs in Lebanon and Mexico never got them, even though they were on the distribution list, said Klaus Stohr of the WHO.
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