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WHO “should focus on core activities” in light of problems over Ebola response

BMJ 2015; 351 doi: (Published 23 November 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;351:h6327
  1. Anne Gulland
  1. 1London

The World Health Organization should “scale back its expansive range of activities” and focus on its core functions, concludes a report into last year’s response to the outbreak of Ebola virus disease.1

The report, written by a panel convened by the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and the Harvard Global Health Institute, called for a “new deal for a more focused, appropriately financed WHO.”

At a meeting in London to discuss the report’s findings and 10 key recommendations, Suerie Moon, a panel member and research director at the Harvard Global Health Institute, said that it was beyond the scope of the panel’s remit to determine what WHO’s core functions were. But she added, “We’re not talking about limiting WHO’s role just to outbreaks. WHO has an important role to …

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