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WHO must strengthen partnerships at a global level

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

Ismail Sallam, a former professor of cardiac surgery, was Egypt's minister of health and population from 1996 to 2001

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 my priorities would be driven by a commitment to equity and alleviation of disparities. I believe that the world community genuinely wants to alleviate the true causes of ill health and disease. Public health and primary healthcare systems should be the cornerstones …

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