The World Health Organization: Achievements and Failures

Yves Beigbeder

September 21, 2017 by Routledge
Reference - 200 Pages
ISBN 9781472480859 - CAT# Y259326
Series: Global Governance

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Features

  • With a new Director-General at its helm, it is an ideal time to review the WHO’s performance - both achievements and failures.
  • This study reviews the WHO’s actions in the most visible programmes such as SARS, H1N1, Ebola and also smallpox, malaria, onchocerciasis, polio and AIDS.
  • Suggestions for reforms are also included.
  • A former member of WHO in a legal capacity, Dr Beigbeder has written extensively on international organisations and NGOs.

Summary

The World Health Organization (WHO) is undergoing a crisis of credibility and challenge. Having been subjected to a severe financial crisis and criticisms of its management of pandemics such as the H1N1 flu case and the outbreak of Ebola, with a new Director-General at its helm, it is an ideal time to review the WHO’s past and current achievements including on-going operations and reported failures. Whilst time is given to recurrent attacks on WHO performance, it is balanced by also highlighting the WHO’s leadership, its member states, and its influence on other actors, NGOs and business. As such, this study reviews the WHO’s actions in the most visible programmes such as SARS, H1N1, Ebola and also smallpox, malaria, onchocerciasis, polio and AIDS. The author also discusses the desirable balance between operational and normative functions and proposals for reform of the Organization.

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