Reform of the WHO depends on next week's vital budget debate

BMJ 1998; 316 doi: (Published 09 May 1998) Cite this as: BMJ 1998;316:1407
  1. Fiona Godlee
  1. BMJ

    As the World Health Organisation prepares to celebrate its 50th birthday, one woman looks set to prove that you can teach an old dog new tricks. According to commentators in Geneva, Dr Gro Harlem Brundtland, due to be confirmed next week as the WHO's new director general, has already transformed the atmosphere of the organisation. But how much she can achieve in her first term could depend on the outcome of a debate about the budget at next week's meeting of the World Health Assembly.

    Soon after her nomination by WHO's executive board in January, Dr Brundtland commissioned a five person “transition team” to coordinate analyses of WHO's activities, structure, and processes. Based in Geneva, the team is funded by the Norwegian government and led …

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