WHO must help countries deal with non-communicable diseases and mental health

BMJ 2003; 326 doi: (Published 18 January 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;326:122

Julio Frenk is health minister of Mexico

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 overriding goal is to contribute to realising the vision of WHO as a trusted and leading agency in global health that is capable of galvanising the energies of all relevant actors towards the shared …

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