Dr LEE Jong-wook (1945-2006), former Director-General, WHO


Dr Lee
WHO/Jean-Marc Ferre

Dr LEE Jong-wook was Director-General of WHO from 28 January 2003 to 22 May 2006, when he died following a sudden illness.

Dr Lee being greeted by children in KwaMlanga, South Africa
WHO/Christine McNab
Dr Lee being greeted by a dance troupe in KwaMlanga, South Africa
WHO/C. Bodenstein

Dr Lee on one of his first country visits as Director-General, outside the community health clinic in KwaMlanga, South Africa. He was warmly greeted by children, and by a dance troupe.

Dr Lee visiting areas hit by the south Asia earthquake in Pakistan
WHO/Chris Black
Dr Lee visiting a hospital in Pakistan following the earthquake
WHO/Chris Black

In December 2005, Dr Lee travelled to the areas hit by the south Asia earthquake in Pakistan, to assess the health needs of the tens of thousands of people who had to spend the winter in camps.

Dr Lee, Dr Gro Harlem Brundtland, Dr Hiroshi Nakajima, and Dr Halfdan Mahler.
WHO/Pierre Virot

Dr Lee had a tremendous sense of the history of WHO. He was very proud to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Alma Ata "Health for All" declaration, with his predecessors, including Dr Gro Harlem Brundtland, Dr Halfdan Mahler and Dr Hiroshi Nakajima.

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