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[Correspondence] The World Bank under the leadership of Jim Kim

I read with interest the Special Report about Jim Kim by Sam Loewenberg (July 25, p 324).1 However, I thought a few points were missing. First, those who have taken up an executive position after working in a particular discipline, know how difficult it is to be fair to their own specialty of interest. For example, when Halfdan Mahler became Director-General of WHO in 1973, after many years of working in the specialty of tuberculosis, funding for tuberculosis was severely reduced. Similarly, when I became head of the Special Programme for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases in 1986, I reduced funding for my own specialty of leprosy.

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