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WHO Now Better Prepared To Address Current Ebola Outbreak

The Telegraph: The WHO may not be perfect but it’s far better prepared to fight Ebola this time
Jeremy Farrar, director of the Wellcome Trust

“…The WHO has traditionally been happier as a bureaucratic assembly than a leader. But it was terribly clear, in the aftermath of the last Ebola epidemic, that things needed to change. And they have. In the past few days the WHO’s response could not be more different. … A coordinated response took less than an hour to galvanize and 18 hours to launch. … Now the organization needs to set itself ambitious, measurable targets, to push itself even more. The sign of a confident organization is that it gives itself goals to achieve, goes about achieving them, and then resets for new challenges. … We should have high expectations of the WHO and challenge it when it gets things wrong. But national governments need to acknowledge when the WHO gets things right, trust it, and back that trust with financial support. If they do not, we may face a world without the WHO where the 2014-16 [Ebola] scenario — and worse — becomes far more likely…” (5/21).

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