WHO Chief Dies After Emergency Brain Surgery 22 May 2006, 17:48 UTC


Dr. Lee Jong-wook's death was announced just as the World Health Assembly began its annual conference.

After a musical interlude, the director of the United Nations Office in Geneva read a message from the U.N. secretary-general in tribute to the man who would not be around to lead this week's important public health debate.

"The secretary-general has also asked me to convey to the World Health Assembly, to the World Health Organization and its staff his sincere condolences on this sudden and tragic loss of Director-General Dr. Lee," he said. "The secretary-general extends his most heartfelt condolences to Dr. Lee's family."

Dr. Lee had served only three years of his five-year term as WHO's director-general. He joined the WHO 23 years ago. He was educated in Korea and the University of Hawaii. His first experience in public health was in the treatment of leprosy in the South Pacific.

He made his reputation as a campaigner in the treatment of tuberculosis and the use of vaccines to prevent the disease in children. In the early 1990's, Dr. Lee led the polio eradication initiative that wiped out this crippling disease in China. He moved to Geneva in 1994 to become director of WHO's global program for vaccines and immunization.

U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Mike Leavitt remembers a trip he took with Dr. Lee last fall to six countries in Southeast Asia.

"During the course of our travels, Dr. Lee shared with me how he was as a young boy from the war-torn country Korea. He spoke with me of three difficult, arduous months where he and his mother walked mile after mile after mile in search of his father who was, during that cold winter, in exile," he said.

"Dr. Lee experienced hardship at a very early age. And, my sense is it was the reason he chose to devote himself to public service. He offered WHO visionary leadership."

Among his accomplishments as head of the World Health Organization, Dr. Lee began a program to ensure that three-million people with HIV/AIDS would have access to the medicines they needed by the end of 2005. While the world fell short of the target, he is widely credited with having shown that universal access to medicines was possible.

Dr. Lee's associates speak fondly of, what they call, Dr. Lee's self deprecating wit. They say he had a quirky, unexpected humor that he often used to diffuse a difficult situation or just to make his friends laugh.

  • 세계보건기구 사무총장 사망소식
  • just as : ~ 막 할때에
  • interlude : 막간의 극, 쉬는시간 자체 등등, 간격,틈
  • U.N. secretary-general
  • in tribute to : ~ 을 칭송하면서 (보통 사망한사람)
  • around :이끌다…
  • convey : 전하다
  • condolences : 위로
  • extends : 전한다…
  • leprosy : 나병
  • tuberculosis : 결핵
  • polio : 소아마비
  • eradication : 뿌리뽑다
  • immunization : 면역
  • war-torn: 전쟁으로 완전히 찟어진
  • arduous : 너무 힘든 , 고된
  • exile : 1/4후퇴 같은때?
  • would have : 가정…
  • fall short : 못미치다
  • associates: 지인들, 동료들
  • fondly : 친근한, 귀여운
  • self deprecation wit : 자신을 비하? 시켜서 웃기는 …
  • quirky : 괴상한, 괴팍한?
  • diffuse : 퍼지게하다, 흩어지게하다
  1. interlude : (N-UNCOUNT) An interlude is a short period of time when an activity or situation stops and something else happens.
  2. tribute : A tribute is something that you say, do, or make to show your admiration and respect for someone.
  3. debate : A debate is a discussion about a subject on which people have different views.
  4. convey : (V) To convey information or feelings means to cause them to be known or understood by someone.
  5. condolences : (N-UNCOUNT) A message of condolence is a message in which you express your sympathy for someone because one of their friends or relatives has died recently.
  6. leprosy : (N-UNCOUNT) Leprosy is an infectious disease that damages people's flesh.
  7. tuberculosis : (N-UNCOUNT) Tuberculosis is a serious infectious disease that affects someone's lungs and other parts of their body. The abbreviation TB is also used.
  8. polio : (N-UNCOUNT) Polio is a serious infectious disease which often makes people unable to use their legs.
  9. eradication : (V) To eradicate something means to get rid of it completely.[ FORMAL ]
  10. crippling : (ADJ) A crippling illness or disability is one that severely damages your health or your body.
  11. war-torn
  12. arduous : Something that is arduous is difficult and tiring, and involves a lot of effort.
  13. hardship : (N-VAR) Hardship is a situation in which your life is difficult or unpleasant, often because you do not have enough money.
  14. accomplishments : (N-COUNT) An accomplishment is something remarkable that has been done or achieved.
  15. ensure