Bulletin of the World Health Organization

Dr LEE Jong-wook

Dr LEE Jong-wook
Dr LEE Jong-wook

Dr LEE Jong-wook, Director-General of the World Health Organization, 61, died on 22 May, two days after surgeons at Geneva Cantonal Hospital removed a blood clot from his brain. “The sudden loss of our leader, colleague and friend, is devastating,” WHO said in a statement. Dr Lee was the first WHO Director-General to die in office. Dr Anders Nordström, Assistant Director-General for General Management, took over as Acting Director-General. News of Dr Lee’s death came as representatives from WHO’s 192 Member States gathered for the first day of the World Health Assembly (WHA). Delegates paid tribute to Dr Lee and his achievements and staff sent messages of condolence to his family.

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