WHO Must Improve Management System, Reform Regional Office Relations

The Hill: World Health Organization: Time for reflection, reform, and realistic expectations
Taufiqur Rahman, international health specialist

“The World Health Organization (WHO) has come under criticism for its handling of the Ebola crisis. … This crisis demonstrated one thing — that WHO is not an emergency response mechanism, and we should not try to make it one. … If we can think of one area of change, it would be to introduce professional managers in the mid to upper management of WHO. … A second area that needs to change is its regional office relations. … WHO should continue to play its pivotal role to support developing countries but it needs to reform quickly to respond to a changed world” (2/25).