Gro Harlem Brundtland's announcement in August this year that she would not stand for a second term as Director-General of WHO came as a surprise to the global health community. Through her reforms over the past 4 years, Brundtland has been credited for moving the issue of health-particularly that of the poor-back into the international spotlight.
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