Letters

The WHO

BMJ 1995; 310 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.310.6979.595a (Published 04 March 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;310:595

Pay and conditions of service have been eroded

  1. Jack Woodall
  1. Director Arbovirus Laboratory, New York State Department of Health, Albany, NY, USA

    EDITOR,—Fiona Godlee's articles describe the serious loss of morale in the World Health Organisation.1 Until recently I was a member of the WHO's staff and also general secretary of the UN Federation of International Civil Servants Associations. For years staff throughout the UN have suffered erosion of their conditions of service and cutbacks in funding, which have made it increasingly difficult to deliver the programmes they are expected—even mandated—to carry out. The WHO's salaries are now years behind those for equivalent posts in the United States' federal civil service (on which they are theoretically based), which are themselves far behind those in other international bodies, such as the World Bank and the European Union. Base pay …

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