The real drivers of WHO's agenda — and why those need to change

The World Health Organization logo. Photo by: U.S. Mission in Geneva / CC BY-ND

The World Health Organization has been pummeled by sharp criticism after its initial slow response to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa — so much so that reforms were deemed necessary.

A few weeks ago, WHO member states adopted a resolution that calls on the U.N. health agency to implement a slew of reforms. The goal is twofold: get Ebola cases in West Africa down to zero, and improve the overall capacity of the organization to respond to outbreaks and emergencies — a response no doubt to the inefficiencies member states found in WHO’s Ebola response.

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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.