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December 2007

The Wind of Change

Arch Neurol. 2007;64(12):1694-1695. doi:10.1001/archneur.64.12.1694

At nos hinc alii sitientis ibimus Afros.

[But we from here will go some to arid Africa.]

Virgil (70-19 BC), Eclogae

More than at any other time in history, greater resources are committed, available, or accessible to the work for health in Africa. The new director-general of the World Health Organization (WHO), Dr Margaret Chen has declared that she wants the work of the WHO to be judged by the effect it has on the health of women and of people in Africa. In March 2007, an international health forum convened in Nairobi, Kenya, to examine and to agree on new approaches for collaboration to improve the health situation in Africa. Dr Chen pointed out that health systems need to be strengthened to deliver better care for people with neurological disorders. The World Federation of Neurology (WFN) has declared the development of neurology in Africa as its leading vision for the next 4 years and will work in collaboration with WHO.1