Associated Press (07.21.03) - Tuesday, July 22, 2003
World Health Organization Director-General Dr. Jong-wook Lee
said Monday he had picked Dr. Jack Chow, a senior advisor to
US Secretary of State Colin Powell, to head a new WHO
department intended to fine-tune the agency's battle against
AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria. Chow, 42, currently serves as
US Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Health. In 2002, he
was appointed as Powell's special diplomatic representative on
AIDS issues, the first time US authorities created an
ambassador-rank post covering health matters.
Chow, who said he expects to formally join WHO in the fall,
took the agency's oath of office alongside 10 other new
assistant directors-general appointed by Lee. "The United
States considers [AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria] as global
health priorities," Chow said after the ceremony. "Once I'm an
assistant director- general, I will serve all nations
afflicted by these diseases."
Chow, originally from New Haven, Conn., earned his medical
degree at the University of California-San Francisco. He said
his determination to battle AIDS was born during his studies
in the 1980s. In addition to his medical qualifications, Chow
holds Masters degrees in public administration from Harvard
University's Kennedy School of Government and business
administration from the University of Chicago.