South Korean to head world's top health body

BMJ 2003; 326 doi: (Published 01 February 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;326:241
  1. Fiona Fleck
  1. Geneva

    Jong Wook Lee, aged 57, the South Korean doctor who heads the World Health Organization's programme against tuberculosis, won the race for the world's top health posting on Tuesday. Dr Lee was elected the new director general of WHO after a two week board meeting in the narrowest vote in the organisation's history.

    He will be formally endorsed by the World Health Assembly in May and take over from the current director general, Norway's Gro Harlem Brundtland, on 21 July this year. The term is for five years and is renewable …

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