A new strategy is needed

BMJ 1995; 310 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.310.6979.597a (Published 04 March 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;310:597
  1. Bo Stenson
  1. Senior fellow Karolinska Institutet, Department of International Health and Social Medicine, S-171 77 Stockholm, Sweden

    EDITOR,—Fiona Godlee is right: the World Health Organisation is in crisis.1 In the past it came to occupy a position of leadership in major global undertakings such as the eradication of smallpox, the work resulting in the code on breast milk substitutes, the programme on essential drugs, and the primary health care movement. It grasped the importance of these issues, brought its own resources to bear, and harnessed resources from the outside. It became the instrument by which the global community could agree on common goals and achieve collective action.

    But today's challenges are not …

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