Regions with a high disease burden should be prioritised

BMJ 2003; 326 doi: (Published 18 January 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;326:124

Pascoal Mocumbi is prime minister of Mozambique

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?

As director general I would work intensively with international development and financing agencies to keep health at the top of the development agenda and to achieve our long stated goal of “health for all.” All levels of WHO will …

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