Mozambique leader tipped for global health post
If he is elected, Pascoal Mocumbi will be the first African to head the organisation. His chances of winning a secret ballot of the WHO's executive board next week increased after his strongest African rival, former Senegalese health minister Awa Marie Coll-Seck, withdrew from the contest.
Others shortlisted are: Julio Frenk Mora, Mexico's health minister; Peter Piot, a former AIDS researcher who now heads the Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS; Jong Wook Lee, a physician from South Korea who heads the WHO's tuberculosis programme; and former Egyptian health minister Ismail Sallam. The World Health Assembly is expected to endorse the board's choice when it meets in Geneva, Switzerland in May.
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Reference: Nature, 421, 302 (2003)