WHO Executive Board Deliberates Reforms

The World Health Organization will pursue reforms promoting efficiency and achievement of measurable results, especially at the country level, according to its director-general, Dr. Margaret Chan.

Chan made the remark in a speech Nov. 1, at the opening of the WHO executive board’s special session on proposed reforms for the U.N. agency in Geneva, Switzerland. The meeting will conclude Nov. 3.

“The world needs a WHO that has a wise and broad vision, is quick to act, and never afraid to act in the interests of public health,” Chan said. “That is part of safeguarding and protecting health. And that requires a WHO that is effective, efficient, transparent, and accountable.”

The meeting will review Chan’s report titled “WHO reforms for a healthy future,” which she submitted to the executive board on Oct. 15. It tackles reforms relating to governance — particularly WHO’s structure and leadership in global health — as well as on management, which targets five areas: organizational effectiveness; financing and resource mobilization; human resources policy and management; results-based planning, management and accountability; and strategic communications. 

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