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Lee Jong-wook

Lee Jong-wook

In office
2003 – 2006
Preceded by Gro Harlem Brundtland
Succeeded by Anders Nordström

Born 12 April 1945(1945-04-12)
Seoul, South Korea
Died May 22 2006 (aged 61) (stroke)
Geneva, Switzerland
Nationality South Korean
Lee Jong-wook
Revised RomanizationI Jong-uk
McCune-ReischauerYi Chong-uk

Lee Jong-wook (12 April 1945 – 22 May 2006) was the Director-General of the World Health Organization for three years. He was born in Seoul, South Korea and died - while in office - in Geneva, Switzerland.

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Lee obtained a medical degree from Seoul National University, then enrolled at the University of Hawaii to study public health, earning a Master's degree. He joined the WHO in 1983, working on a variety of projects including the Global Programme for Vaccines and Immunizations and Stop Tuberculosis. He began his term as Director-General of WHO on 21 July 2003, having been elected two months before. He was the first Korean to lead an international agency. He died on 22 May 2006 following surgery for a blood clot on his brain (a subdural hematoma). He was posthumously awarded the Hibiscus Cordon (Grand Cross) of the Order of Civil Merit by the South Korean government.

See also

  • List of Korea-related topics

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Lee Jong-wook
Preceded by
Gro Harlem Brundtland
Director-General of the World Health Organization
Succeeded by
Anders Nordström (Acting)
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