Margaret Chan is known throughout the world for her efforts to increase global health. During her 9 years as Director of Health in Hong Kong she implemented new services to combat the spread of disease. Margaret Chan gained recognition for handling many different health issues including the avian influenza outbreak in Hong Kong in 1997 and the SARs outbreak in 2003. Chan is the World Health Organization’s current Director General for Pandemic Influenza and Communicable Diseases. Her current efforts lie with helping “people in the greatest need”, focusing on the health of people in Africa and the health of women. She has been recognized globally for her achievements and has received several awards. In 1997 she was awarded by the Royal Colleges of Physicians in the United Kingdom and was declared an Office of the Order of the British Empire by Queen Elizabeth. In 1999 she was awarded the Prince Mahidol Award for Public Health in Thailand. Margaret Chan’s strides toward global health make her a leading figure in the health community.