WHO Leadership Discusses Shortcomings In Ebola Response, Lessons Learned, Next Steps For Outbreak Preparedness

Reuters: WHO leadership admits failings over Ebola, promises reform
“The World Health Organization has admitted serious failings in its handling of the Ebola crisis and pledged reforms to enable it to do better next time, its leadership said in a statement seen by Reuters on Sunday…” (Miles, 4/19).

TIME: WHO Has Acknowledged the Failings of Its Ebola Crisis Response
“… ‘We can mount a highly effective response to small and medium-sized outbreaks, but when faced with an emergency of this scale, our current systems — national and international — simply have not coped,’ said WHO Director-General Margaret Chan, Deputy Director-General Anarfi Asamoa-Baah, and the organization’s regional directors in a joint statement dated April 16. The statement listed eight lessons WHO learned from the crisis, including ‘communicating more clearly what is needed’…” (McSpadden, 4/19).

WHO: WHO leadership statement on the Ebola response and WHO reforms
“…We have taken note of the constructive criticisms of WHO’s performance and the lessons learned to ensure that WHO plays its rightful place in disease outbreaks, humanitarian emergencies, and in global health security…” (4/16).