Non-government organisations should be catalysts for changeBMJ 1995; 310 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.310.6979.596 (Published 04 March 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;310:596
- J Mann
- Director Francois-Xavier Bagnoud Center for Health and Human Rights, Harvard School of Public Health, Cambridge, MA 02138, USA
EDITOR,—Fiona Godlee's articles on the World Health Organisation fairly describe an institution in disarray.1 WHO has become outdated and sclerosed and desperately needs to be revitalised if it is to provide health leadership for the modern world. In fact, except in its inner sanctum and in some ministries of health, there is widespread agreement about the need for major reform. Yet unless some action is taken soon the current leadership will continue and urgently needed institutional overhaul will be postponed.
Who should be responsible for catalysing and carrying forward the reform? In the past, middle level health officials from many countries …