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Reform at WHO is too slow, say critics

BMJ 1999; 318 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.318.7193.1231 (Published 08 May 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;318:1231
  1. Phyllida Brown
  1. London

    The World Health Assembly starts next week (17 May 1999), but nine months after Gro Harlem Brundtland took the helm at the World Health Organisation, two key directors' posts remain unfilled, and some frustrated insiders claim that her hectic reform programme is not fast or radical enough to meet the challenges the WHO faces.

    Dr Brundtland took office last July with a promise that the beleaguered UN agency would change and “make a difference” to global health. Most former critics of the WHO have praised her achievements so far. …

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