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Who should be the next head of the WHO?

BMJ 1998; 316 doi: (Published 03 January 1998) Cite this as: BMJ 1998;316:4

A strong leader with a clear sense of purpose—and much else besides

  1. Fiona Godlee, Assistant editor
  1. BMJ

    After 10 years under the director generalship of Dr Hiroshi Nakajima, the World Health Organisation is to have a new leader. For the first time in the organisation's 50 year history there are more than four nominees for the post and also a strong chance that the new director general will come from outside the organisation. Both these firsts reflect more openness in the selection procedure and could presage a change in the WHO's fortunes. On p 11 five of the seven nominees answer questions about the WHO's future, and on the BMJ's website we invite you to cast your vote in advance of the decision by the WHO's executive board on 27 January (

    So what sort of organisation will the successful nominee take on, and what attributes should he …

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