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[Perspectives] Maria Neira: no limits to public health

In the league table of all-embracing job titles, Maria Neira’s at WHO in Geneva is hard to beat: Director of the Department of Public Health and the Environmental and Social Determinants of Health. As if to underline the extent of this role she also adopts a broad working definition of the term environment: “all that is not me”. But does she not feel overwhelmed by the literally global scope of this brief? She laughs. “Yes, a little bit. But it’s all so connected. If you love public health there are no limits.”