opinion such as that from the IOM, is to put these topics firmly on the table and include them in the debate so that some actions may follow.

PARTICIPANT: Does the World Bank listen to the opinions of professionals and people at large, or only to the voice of governments?

DR. FEACHEM: As you are aware, the Bank has a new, dynamic, and outward-looking president in James D. Wolfensohn. This is high on his agenda—to improve both the actuality and the perception of the Bank's interaction with all stakeholders in the health sector and other sectors in countries in which we are lenders. We have to deal formally with governments, but we are aware of and interested in broadening the debate to include all those able to contribute to our common goal of improved health and more equitable and efficient health services.



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