WHO needs a global health alliance, which should be called the Mandela plan

BMJ 2003; 326 doi: (Published 18 January 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;326:125

Joseph Williams, a former prime minister of the Cook Islands, is the medical director of Mount Wellington Accident and Family Health Care, in Auckland

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?

My priority will be to ensure that WHO achieves the aims set out so clearly last year by its commission on macroeconomics and health. The commission …

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