Partnerships with the drug industry would be constructive

BMJ 2003; 326 doi: (Published 18 January 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;326:123

Karam Karam is minister of tourism and a former health minister in the Lebanon

On 27–28 January, the World Health Organization executive board picks its new director general elect. The BMJ asked all eight candidates what they would do if they got the job. We print extracts from the replies on the next four pages. Full answers are available on

What will be your priorities on taking office?

Emphasis must be placed on public health programmes—tackling such issues as nutrition, access to essential health needs, access to medicines in developing nations, maternal and child care, and access to primary health care. We must also place emphasis on …

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