In need of a shot: global health:- espresso.economist.com

In need of a shot: global health:- espresso.economist.com

(espresso.economist.com) – Anyone feeling peaky in Geneva this week could pop by the World Health Assembly. Hundreds of doctors and public-health policymakers will flock to the annual meeting of the World Health Organisation, which runs until May 31st. Its 194 member countries will elect a new director-general to replace Margaret Chan, who is retiring after a decade in the job. The three candidates—Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, a former Ethiopian health minister; David Nabarro, a British UN official; and Sania Nishtar, a former Pakistani science minister—all pledge to restore the WHO’s reputation. It was criticised for its slow response to the Ebola outbreak, and it has long struggled to control its regional agencies. It relies increasingly on hand-outs from pharmaceutical companies, charities and other multilateral organisations to balance its budget. The favourite, Mr Tedros, has been accused of downplaying cholera outbreaks in Ethiopia. That may bode ill for the WHO: it cannot afford lethargic leadership.

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