Comparing national health systems should continue

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

Peter Piot is executive director, UNAIDS, and under secretary general of the United Nations

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 the world's advocate for health, WHO and its work must represent scientific and technical excellence while being responsive and relevant to health needs of individual countries. As director general I will support staff to ensure that WHO:

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