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Devex Examines Challenges To WHO Reform, Upcoming Director General Elections

Devex: Election sees WHO’s future role in question
“…Ultimately, who leads WHO will have a consequential impact not just on the organization but on all of global health. At the same time, the incoming director general will face significant constraints on her or his ability to reform the agency, which has both a notoriously sclerotic bureaucracy and a budget that is too small for its global mandate and overwhelmed with earmarks. In interviews with Devex, over a dozen current and former senior officials from WHO, the U.S. and other governments, and global health experts discussed how the organization has lost ground in global health, needs to regain its leadership position, and must strengthen its reputation and independence…” (Loewenberg, 1/12).