Wanted New Leader… With Vision

Already candidates are jockeying to become the next leader of WHO, even though considerable challenges await Margaret Chan’s successor—and the election won’t take place until next year.

In advance of next week’s World Health Assembly in Geneva, Devi Sridhar of Edinburgh University Medical School and colleagues sketch out key questions on global health preparedness that the next Director-General will have to face. The authors were members of post-Ebola review panels. Key questions for the next DG include:

  • How will WHO respond in future global health emergencies?
  • How should emergency response be financed?
  • What can be done to ensure countries’ compliance with International Health Regulations?

Their message: Status quo can’t continue. WHO needs transformative leadership to adapt the organization to a swiftly changing environment.

Related: 5 WHO reforms at the 69th World Health Assembly – Devex

Related: Candidate for UN health chief eyes global tax to help WHO  – Post-Bulletin (Minnesota)

Ed. Note:  Amy Maxmen and I will be in Geneva next week covering the 69th World Health Assembly. Look for GHN dispatches on all of the action in the issue-packed week. If you’re there, be sure to say hi or reach out to me at: bsimpso1 [at] jhu.edu ().

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