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WHO lacks teeth on international health issues, says professor

BMJ 2003; 327 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.327.7423.1070-a (Published 06 November 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;327:1070
  1. Lynn Eaton
  1. London

    Severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) and the threat of terrorism have raised the profile of health as a global issue–yet bodies such as the World Health Organization are inherently weak in enforcing measures to deal with an international health crisis.

    That was the message from Scott Barrett, professor of environmental economics and international political economy at Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, who was speaking in London last week at a seminar jointly organised by the Department of Health and the Foreign Office.

    The seminar was the …

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