WHO Director: Zika Crisis Will Get Worse before Getting Better

RIO DE JANEIRO - Margaret Chan, director general of the World Health Organization (WHO), said during her visit to Brazil that the Zika virus crisis will get worse before it gets better, but she ruled out the possibility that it poses a threat for the Olympics Games which Rio de Janeiro will host this August.

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WHO´s Chang says Cuban Health System is an Example

World Health Organization (WHO) General Director Margaret Chan described the Cuban health system as an example to follow for its sustainability and capability to act in emergency situations.

According to Prensa Latina news agency, Chan highlighted the solidarity spirit of Cuba, especially in the training of health professionals from Third World countries, during the plenary session of the Inter-Parliamentary Conference underway in Geneve, Switzerland.

Chan thanked Cuba for its contribution to fight the Ebola outbreak in West Africa

Cuban lawmaker Yolanda Ferrer, head of the delegation of the Caribbean country to this conference, said it was a privilege for Cubans to be acknowledged by WHO.

She said that, in order to have a real sustainable health system, you need the political will of the State and a true spirit of solidarity

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Cuban President Raul Castro Inaugurates New Health Research Centers

Cuban President Raul Castro inaugurated Tuesday in Havana the new headquarters of the Centers for State Control of Drugs and the National Coordinator of Clinical Trials.

The Cuban president was accompanied by Margaret Chan, Director General of the World Health Organization, who cut the inaugural ribbon at the ceremony. The modern facility, with six levels and glass exterior, is located in the western suburbs of the Cuban capital.

Raul Castro and the general directors of WHO and PAHO, the Pan-American Health Organization, were received by directors of the CENCEC, María Amparo Pascual, and CECMED, Rafael Pérez Cristiá.

CECMED has laboratories for quality control of drugs and medical devices that comply with the Standards of Practice established by WHO and PAHO, allowing certification as regional reference center.

Created in 1989, the CECMED's mission is to promote and protect the health of the population through a system of regulation, control and inspection to ensure the safety, efficiency and quality of medicines, medical equipment and devices.

Meanwhile, the National Coordinator of Clinical Trials or CENCEC is responsible for designing and conducting clinical trials of medical, pharmaceutical and biotechnology products, as well as any other health technology, meeting International Standards of Practice. It has 107 employees, of which 72 percent are women and 73 are college-level professionals and technicians.

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