NHS Students Meet Director-General of WHO During Georgetown Visit

OCTOBER 2, 2015 – Three students at the School of Nursing & Health Studies had the opportunity to meet WHO Director-General Margaret Chan, MD, during her visit this week to Georgetown to discuss global health governance.

The event—including a major address in Gaston Hall and a smaller meeting with a number of students—took place as part of the Global Futures Initiative’s semester-long conversation on global governance.

Ruxandra Andriescu (G’16), who is earning a master’s degree in health systems administration, Edward Bae (NHS’16), a health care management & policy major, and Lindsay Horikoshi (NHS’16), an international health major, were among the Georgetown students who met the director-general.

‘Leaders for the Future’

Horikoshi says she was honored to interact with Chan and hear about the World Health Organization’s role in responding to public health crises.

“She shared fascinating stories and lessons with Georgetown students,” says Horikoshi. “She also emphasized the importance of strengthening health systems around the world through coordinated global governance for health.”

Bae adds that he enjoyed Chan’s speech and its focus on contemporary global health issues.

“In addition to her lecture, I felt inspired by her push and enthusiasm for students at Georgetown to be leaders for the future,” he says.

Global Health

Bernhard Liese, MD, chair of the Department of International Health, had the opportunity to introduce Chan at an evening reception, where he highlighted the many ways Georgetown and its faculty are committed to global health education, research, and service.

“We are all profoundly grateful to Dr. Chan and her team at WHO for the work they do each day to promote public health,” says Liese. “Her generous willingness to take time to share her perspectives with students – tomorrow’s leaders in global health – underscores why we were so glad to host her on the Hilltop.”

To watch the university’s coverage of Chan’s address, please click here.

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