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Next WHO Director General Will Need To Create Streamlined, Flexible Organization

PLOS Medicine: A Global Champion for Health — WHO’s Next?
Clare Garvey, Thomas McBride, Linda Nevin, Larry Peiperl, Amy Ross, Paul Simpson, and Richard Turner, PLOS Medicine editors

“…The next [WHO] director general will need to heed critics of the organization and craft a process of streamlining and restructuring to produce a new WHO that is demonstrably effective in leading responses to threats to health, and efficient in doing so. … WHO’s next director general should be a proven leader and advocate, perhaps from a low-income or middle-income country. The new recruit will be greeted by a full in-tray, and featuring prominently are likely to be the constraints imposed by WHO’s current funding mechanisms. … Above all, the incoming leader of WHO will need to be open-minded and creative. … We look forward to welcoming a new leader for WHO with the energy and vision to remold the organization to meet the health needs of the world’s people and societies for the 21st century” (6/28).

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