Massive Overhaul at the WHO

The WHO announced the biggest shake-up ever yesterday, laying out major reforms and realignments of power aimed at achieving its “triple billion” targets.

“The world has changed, which is why we have articulated a new mission to reflect what our world needs us to do now,” tweeted WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.

Europe’s regional director Zsuzsanna Jakab will be the new deputy director-general. Health emergencies chief Peter Salama—who has led the WHO’s Ebola response in the Democratic Republic of the Congo—will move to a new program, Devex reported.

WHO also announced a new chief scientist division, and new departments of digital health and emergency preparedness. WHO’s staff organization stressed the need for “clear processes across the organization” during the transition.  

The ultimate goal of the restructure? “Breaking down silos across WHO programs,” said Tedros adviser Bruce Aylward.

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