First-ever Israel visit by WHO secretary-general | JPost | Israel News
"Dr. Margaret Chan, secretary-general of the World Health Organization, will arrive at the end of this week to make her first visit – and the first by any WHO secretary-general – to Israel....
Israel has long been part of the European division of the WHO, rather than the Eastern Mediterranean division it had previously joined, because the latter consists mostly of Arab countries that are hostile to the Jewish state.
Early in her first term, Chan told The Jerusalem Post in Geneva that she respected Israelis for their expertise in public health and invited more of them to contribute their professional skills to the WHO.
In her tenure so far as chief of the WHO, she has launched new services to prevent the spread of disease and promote better health. She has also introduced new initiatives to improve communicable disease surveillance and response, enhance training for public-health professionals and establish better local and international collaboration."