WHO leader to step downBMJ 1997; 314 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.314.7091.1365e (Published 10 May 1997) Cite this as: BMJ 1997;314:1365
- Robert Walgate
Dr Hiroshi Nakajima, the controversial director general of the World Health Organisation, has announced that he will not seek a third five year term, leaving the way open for a new broom at the organisation from June 1998.
Dr Nakajima, who is 69, has frequently been criticised by the United States and other Western countries for poor management and weak leadership since he took over the helm in 1988 (5 April, p 998). He is believed to have been discussing his position with the Japanese government-which backed him strongly for the …