Education And Debate

The World Health Organisation: What makes a good special programme

BMJ 1995; 310 doi: (Published 21 January 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;310:180

The programme for control of diarrhoeal diseases is generally viewed as one of WHO's most effective special programmes. A recent external review concluded that it was “well managed with high standards of performance, strong leadership, high staff quality, and a focus on strengthening country programmes.”5

The programme is important in global terms: according to the World Development Report 1993, diarrhoeal diseases account for a sixth of the total disease burden in children under 5. By the end of 1991, as a result of WHO's initiatives, diarrhoeal disease programmes had been set up in 129 countries, covering 99% of the population of the developing world, and 92 countries had undertaken reviews of their programmes. Most countries …

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