WHO unveils 'sweeping reforms' of the organisation


  • Mary Corcoran
  • Univadis Medical News
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The World Health Organization (WHO) has announced a set of 'sweeping reforms' to modernise and strengthen the institution. 

The new changes are designed to support countries in achieving the ambitious 'triple billion' targets and include the adoption of a new structure and operating model to align the work of headquarters, regional offices and country offices, and eliminate duplication and fragmentation. 

It also intends to invest in a dynamic and diverse workforce through new initiatives including the WHO Academy, a proposed state-of-the-art school to provide new learning opportunities for staff and public health professionals globally. Other changes include the establishment of a new Division of Emergency Preparedness, a new Department of Digital Health and a new Division of the Chief Scientist. 

“The changes we are announcing today are about so much more than new structures, they are about changing the DNA of the organisation to deliver a measurable impact in the lives of the people we serve,” said Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO Director-General. 

Dr Tedros said the WHO must develop a new mindset to seek out and build partnerships that harness the combined strength of the global health community, both in the public and private sectors.