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WHO pledges to tackle failings over handling of Ebola

BMJ 2015; 350 doi: (Published 21 April 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;350:h2144
  1. Anne Gulland
  1. 1London

The World Health Organization has issued a strongly worded criticism of itself over its handling of the outbreak of Ebola virus disease, pledging to take steps to ensure that such a failure did not happen again.

In its statement, issued in response to criticisms voiced at its executive board meeting in January,1 WHO said that it would increase the number of staff working on disease outbreaks, enabling it to respond rapidly and effectively to humanitarian emergencies. It promised to increase the number of staff working on diseases “with outbreak potential and health emergencies, so we will have skilled staff always available.” Reserve teams will also be created so that extra staff can …

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