Resources should be decentralised to countries

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

Jong Wook Lee, of the Republic of Korea, is director of WHO's “Stop TB” programme

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?

First, I will change the way we work as an organisation in support of member states, ensuring that we achieve tangible and measurable health outcomes. Second, I will improve our efficiency and responsiveness. We need more resources, and we need to use the ones we have more effectively. I will introduce cost savings through …

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