In memory of Dr LEE Jong-wook (1945-2006), WHO Director-General
Dr LEE Jong-wook, WHO Director-General, died on the morning of 22 May 2006 following a sudden illness.
Dr Lee, a national of the Republic of Korea, was a world leader in public health. He tackled every challenge with passion, dedication and professionalism. He was unfalteringly committed to the mission of WHO, to help all people to attain "the highest possible level of health."
He was 61 years old. Throughout his 23-year career at WHO, he made a difference in every programme he managed - whether by leading the charge to eradicate polio from the Western Pacific, or to launch a cutting edge Global Drug Facility so people would have access to tuberculosis medicines.