Can WHO bring speed and predictability to emergency work?

Delegates at the 69th World Health Assembly in Geneva, Switzerland. Photo by: L. Cipriani / WHO

Director-General Margaret Chan’s promise a year ago of creating a single program for health emergencies is coming together, but it will require strong support from across three levels of the organization as well as member states.

At this week’s World Health Assembly, the World Health Organization chief will be presenting before member states the agency’s progress report on the design, implementation plan and other requirements of its new health emergencies program, borne in response to calls a year ago by the WHO’s executive board to strengthen emergency operational capabilities. Some of the functions are already being tested, though the unveiling of the full program will take place from 2016 to 2019.

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    Jenny Lei Ravelo

    Jenny Lei Ravelo is a Devex Senior Reporter based in Manila. She covers global health, with a particular focus on the World Health Organization, and other development and humanitarian aid trends in Asia Pacific. Prior to Devex, she wrote for ABS-CBN, one of the largest broadcasting networks in the Philippines, and was a copy editor for various international scientific journals. She received her journalism degree from the University of Santo Tomas.