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