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[afro-nets] PHM and DGH Comment on the November Decisions of the Executive Board of WHO regarding WHO Reform

  • From: "Claudio Schuftan" <cschuftan@phmovement.org>
  • Date: Mon, 5 Dec 2011 18:40:38 -0800

People’s Health Movement (PHM) and Democratising Global Health (DGH)

Comment on the Decisions of the Special Session of the Executive Board of the WHO in November 2011<http://www.ghwatch.org/sites/www.ghwatch.org/files/DGH&PHMCommentEBSS-Decisions_2011-1205.pdf>

WHO is in crisis. It is a crisis of funding, of governance and of management. These crises contribute to and derive from a further crisis: a crisis of legitimacy, a crisis of trust. Meanwhile the world faces a global health crisis; with widening economic inequalities matched by a widening health gap. The recovery of WHO and a return to its constitutional mandate are critically necessary if the global health crisis is to be addressed. A thorough analysis of the nature and origins of WHO’s crises is urgently needed as a condition for successful reform.

WHO Reform has been the subject of intense discussion and debate since early 2010. Following decisions taken at the May 2011 meeting of the Executive Board (EB) of the WHO, a special session of the EB was held from November 1-3, 2011. The agenda of the Special Session of the Executive Board (EBSS) <http://apps.who.int/gb/ebwha/pdf_files/EBSS/EBSS_2_1-en.pdf> was structured around the chapters of the Director-General’s report ‘Reforms for a Healthy Future’<http://apps.who.int/gb/ebwha/pdf_files/EBSS/EBSS2_2-en.pdf>
(of October 15) with three agenda items corresponding to the three chapters of her paper: programs and priority setting, governance and management. This comment on the Decisions of the EBSS<http://apps.who.int/gb/ebwha/pdf_files/EBSS/EBSS2_DIV2-en.pdf> has been developed through the People’s Health Movement (PHM) and the wider Democratising Global Health (DGH) constituency and reflects the concerns of the public interest civil society organisations listed below.


David Legge