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July 18, 2019

Public Health Threats and Pandemics
The World Health Organization

Since its postwar founding, the UN agency has garnered both praise and criticism for its response to international public health crises.

Health-care workers treat Ebola patients at a Doctors Without Borders clinic in Liberia.

May 23, 2012

International Organizations
Reinventing the World Health Organization

The World Health Assembly in Geneva this week needs to do more to define a workable mission for the struggling World Health Organization.

May 3, 2016

Global
How to Reform the Ailing World Health Organization

Poor leadership is to blame for the WHO’s failure to reform its underlying institutional and structural problems in the wake of the Ebola debacle, writes CFR’s Yanzhong Huang.

May 21, 2018

Health Policy and Initiatives
A Conversation About the 71st World Health Assembly and the World Health Organization

Nearly one year has elapsed since the seventieth World Health Assembly elected Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus as the new director-general of the World Health Organization. This meeting of CFR's Globa…

Director General of the WHO

July 14, 2016

Health
Podcast: The Next Director-General of the World Health Organization

The following is a guest post by my colleague Yanzhong Huang, senior fellow for global health at the Council on Foreign Relations. The term of the current director-general of the World Health Organ…

World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Margaret Chan leaves the podium after her speech at the sixty-ninth World Health Assembly in Geneva, Switzerland, on May 23, 2016.

April 14, 2017

Health
Will the Director General Election Bring About the Change the World Health Organization is Looking for?

The following is a guest post by my colleague Yanzhong Huang, senior fellow for global health at the Council on Foreign Relations. For those who have been used to the noise and excitement in U.S. …

December 28, 2018

Global
Ten World Figures Who Died in 2018

I wrote yesterday about ten Americans who died in 2018 who shaped U.S. foreign policy during their lifetimes. But Americans are not the only ones who influence world affairs. Below are ten world figu…

Kofi Annan addresses a news conference UN headquarters in New York, 1997. REUTERS/Jeff Christensen.

July 25, 2019

Global Governance
Apathy Continues to Plague Global Health

In a world awash in troubles, nothing less than catastrophe will spur policymakers to forceful action on global health. Unfortunately, concerted action could come too late to prevent local crises fro…

A health worker checks the temperature of a woman as part of the Ebola screening upon entering the General Hospital in Goma, Democratic Republic of Congo on July 15, 2019.

January 31, 2019

Health Policy and Initiatives
The Future of Global Health Is Urban Health

Health and infectious diseases have shaped the history of urbanization, but it is cities that will define the future of global health.

Four boys look ahead as one flies a kite over houses in the Petare slum in Caracas, Venezuela.

November 6, 2015

Diplomacy and International Institutions
Global Health and the WHO: Revival or Marginalization?

The following is a guest post by my colleague Miles Kahler, senior fellow for global governance at the Council on Foreign Relations and distinguished professor at American University’s School of Inte…

World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Margaret Chan gestures during her address to the sixty-seventh World Health Assembly at the United Nations European headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, on May 19, 2014.