CGD Examines 2 ‘Missed Opportunities’ In WHO’s Draft Concept Note

Center for Global Development’s “Global Health Policy Blog”: WHO’s Draft Concept Note: Treating the Symptoms, Not the Causes?
Alec Morton, professor at the University of Strathclyde; Kalipso Chalkidou, director of global health policy and senior fellow at CGD; and Amanda Glassman, chief operating officer, senior fellow, and Board secretary at CGD, discuss the recently published WHO draft concept note on the 2019-2023 program of work, highlighting two opportunities in global health that the document did not discuss: the “centrality” of universal health coverage (UHC) to achieve WHO’s goals and value for money in health spending. The authors note, “[The] present concept note … presents a WHO trying to respond to a disparate collection of problems, but with no clear organizing concept of how to tackle the underlying systemic causes of these problems or prioritize competing demands on the organization’s scarce resources” (9/20).