WHO urged to define responsibility during emergencies

BMJ 2016; 352 doi: (Published 26 January 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;352:i494
  1. Anne Gulland
  1. 1London

The World Health Organization has been urged to draw up clear lines of responsibility and accountability in its plans for reform in the light of the outbreak of Ebola virus disease.

At this week’s meeting of WHO’s executive board in Geneva, delegates discussed the organisation’s plans after the widespread criticisms of its handling of the epidemic in west Africa.

Director general Margaret Chan unveiled a new programme to oversee WHO’s work in emergency risk management. Its mission will be to help member states manage these risks and to lead an international, coordinated health response where …

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