In what seemed a deft political move, she publicly promised to make Africa, which controls a fourth of those votes, one of her top priorities. President Hu,
Who was aggressively courting the continent for its recourse, summed up the agency's importance by invoking what she said was a Chinese saying
"we are all in the same boat", he told her after she took office.
Now Ebola is battering three fragile countries in Africa and with it, the W.H.O's standing-in large part, Dr.Chan's critics say because she let governments around the world steer the agency to fit their own needs, instead of firmly taking the helm as the world's doctor in chief