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WHO Working On Post-Ebola Reform, Examining Ways To Sanction Governments Non-Compliant With Global Health Rules, Chan Says

Associated Press: WHO chief: Ebola a ‘wake-up call’ for member governments
“The director-general of the World Health Organization says the Ebola crisis in West Africa should serve as a ‘wake-up call’ for member states to do more to prevent deadly disease outbreaks before they occur…” (10/20).

Reuters: States could be sanctioned for public health failings: WHO boss
“A U.N. panel is considering ways to hold governments to account for failing to stick to global health rules, World Health Organization Director-General Margaret Chan said on Tuesday. … A global health crisis review set up by U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is looking at how to make them accountable, according to Chan…” (Miles, 10/20).

VOA News: Ebola Crisis Spurs New WHO Reform Program
“…As part of the reform program, Dr. Chan said WHO is building a global emergency health work force. She said trained foreign medical teams will be on standby, ready to respond rapidly to a disease outbreak or natural disaster in any country. She said decisive leadership, awareness of the dangers posed by an epidemic, and being transparent about these problems are critical in controlling an outbreak…” (Schlein, 10/20).

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