WHO Needs ‘Deep And Substantial’ Change Following Ebola Response, Independent Panel Says

News outlets discuss a report from an independent panel on WHO’s response to the Ebola outbreak.

Associated Press: Panel calls for change at WHO after slow response to Ebola
“An independent panel of experts said Monday that ‘deep and substantial’ change is needed at the World Health Organization following its slow response to early warnings about West Africa’s Ebola outbreak…” (Larson, 5/11).

New York Times: WHO Needs Reforms in Wake of Ebola Crisis, Report Says
“… ‘This is a defining moment for the WHO,’ Barbara Stocking, the chairwoman of the six-member panel, said in Geneva at the release of the report. The study was commissioned by the United Nations to examine what went wrong in the response to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, which has resulted in more than 11,000 deaths…” (Cumming-Bruce, 5/11).

U.N. News Centre: After Ebola outbreak, expert panel urges ‘unified entity’ within U.N. health agency for emergency response
“…The panel will present its final report after visiting and consulting with the affected countries, currently set for June 2015. WHO spokesman Tarik Jašarevic told the U.N. News Centre that the agency appreciated the work done by the panel to have the report ready ahead of the World Health Assembly so that member states could assess the committee’s findings and make recommendations based on those findings…” (5/11).

VOA News: Panel of Experts Urges Better Preparation for Global Health Crises
“…[Stocking] said the panel believes the WHO should collaborate more closely with organizations such as Doctors Without Borders and use their expertise to deal with public emergencies. She said the panel of experts also recommends a global health emergency task force be established and put on standby to respond to disease outbreaks…” (Schlein, 5/11).

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