After several years of steady decline, there is a glimmer of hope that WHO may be able to reverse its course. These hopes are pinned on its new Director General, Gro Harlem Brundtland, former Prime Minister of Norway, a country which enjoys the reputation for the assertive independence of its people and plentiful oil money. Dr. Brundtland brings a lot of energy, a high level of commitment, and proven competence to her new role. [To view this article, please download the PDF.]