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Letters World Health Organization

Time to turn the tide: WHO’s engagement with non-state actors and the politics of stakeholder governance and conflicts of interest

BMJ 2014; 348 doi: (Published 19 May 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;348:g3351
  1. Judith Richter, freelance researcher and associate senior research fellow1
  1. 1Institute of Biomedical Ethics, Centre for Ethics of the University of Zurich, CH-8032 Zürich, Switzerland
  1. judith.richter{at}

I am deeply concerned that WHO’s so called reform will sideline those who work in the spirit of “health for all” and expand the influence of business corporations and venture philanthropies over global public health matters, as well as reinforce the trend towards fragmented, plutocratic, global governance.

Three years ago, international non-governmental organisations highlighted the problematic link between the WHO director general’s suggestion to re-fill WHO’s coffers with funds from business …

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