Opinion Pieces Call For WHO Reform, Support From Member States In Light Of Agency’s Ebola Response

The Lancet: Offline: Solving WHO’s “persisting weaknesses” (part 1)
Richard Horton, editor-in-chief of The Lancet

“…[I]n WHO’s own words (from documents submitted to the Board and available on WHO’s website), Ebola has put ‘enormous strain’ on the agency’s managerial structures and systems. The outbreak has had a ‘significant impact’ on WHO’s non-Ebola work, with the result that ‘time-bound projects will be affected.’ Ebola has ‘exposed … persisting weaknesses’ in the organization. This crisis offers a paradoxically welcome opportunity to re-examine WHO’s purpose, structure, operation, and impact…” (1/10).

The Lancet: WHO must remain a strong global health leader post Ebola
Adam Kamradt-Scottemail of the University of Sydney and colleagues

“The 2014 Ebola outbreak in West Africa has demonstrated again the urgent need for strong leadership and coordination in responding to global health challenges. As members of the global health scholarly community, we call upon all WHO Member States to recommit themselves to strengthening global outbreak alert and response by sustainably investing in the WHO, its departments, and personnel…” (1/10).

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