Category Archives: WHO


From JAMA Forum: Reforming the World Health Organization After Ebola

This post was written by Lawrence O. Gostin, Faculty Director of the O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law and University Professor, Georgetown.  It was originally published by news@JAMA on April 14, 2015.  It is re-posted here with the permission of the author.  Any questions or comments can be directed to gostin@law.georgetown.edu. In September 2014, at the […]

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What the World Health Organization Executive Board resolution got wrong on humanitarian assistance

You may have seen the January 2015 WHO Executive Board resolution on Ebola, which calls for many important things, including a global health reserve workforce, a contingency fund, and human resource management reform. All could help develop a smarter global health system. But did you see this paragraph on humanitarian asssitance, which points decidedly in […]

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Scheduling Ketamine under the Convention on Psychotropic Substances of 1971: WHO Veto Power?

Currently, the Commission on Narcotic Drugs is meeting in Vienna, Austria and one of the most debated issues is whether the Commission will vote to schedule the drug ketamine under the Convention of Psychotropic Substances of 1971. Regarding this issue, a critical legal interpretation question exists – does WHO have the power to veto the […]

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WHO: A Spoon Full of Sugar? Well…But Don’t Overdo It

Prior to joining the O’Neill Institute, Disney’s Mary Poppins’ “A Spoon Full of Sugar” would never have triggered for me a single thought about obesity or diabetes. After all, the message is that keeping a positive attitude can make the most boring of tasks fun, or at the very least, bearable. However, the funny thing […]

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Five observations on the Ebola Special Session Resolution

The Executive Board of the World Health Organization recently finished its special session on the Ebola virus disease outbreak in West Africa and its 136th regular session. Significantly, the Executive Board adopted a resolution, EBSS3.R1 (Ebola Resolution), during the special session. This Resolution makes significant pronouncements and calls for a broad range of actions. However, a […]

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Measles: Where “to Vaccinate or Not to Vaccinate” Is Not the Question

Soon after the measles outbreak originating in Disneyland became widely publicized in the media, the satirical newspaper The Onion published a “commentary” titled: “I Don’t Vaccinate My Child Because It’s My Right To Decide What Eliminated Diseases Come Roaring Back.” Yes, The Onion’s content is meant to be humorous and, as Wikipedia describes it, “surreal […]

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From Afghanistan to Ebola: 8 lessons for Global Governance for Health and a Framework Convention on Global Health

You may have missed this news from mid-October: Due to the plethora of humanitarian disasters demanding global resources, along with the diminishing international combat presence in Afghanistan, the World Food Programme (WFP) has been forced to cut food rations in Afghanistan, affecting up to 1 million people. With its funding appeal experiencing about a $150 million shortfall, […]

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New Online Resource: “The Ebola Outbreak: A Global Conversation and Resources”

The current outbreak of Ebola hemorrhagic fever has captured the world’s attention for the past several months.  Centered in West Africa (with a few isolated cases in the United States and Europe), this ongoing crisis has been deemed a “public health emergency of international concern” as well as a global security threat.  As national governments […]

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From TIME: Ebola Co-Discoverer Peter Piot: ‘This Was an Avoidable Catastrophe’

This post originally appeared in TIME on October 1, 2014.  Professor Peter Piot is Director of the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, and former Executive Director of UNAIDS and Under Secretary-General of the United Nations. He co-discovered Ebola in 1976.  The text is re-posted here, in part, with the permission of the author.  […]

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Ebola: The Global Health Tragedy of Our Times and How Law is Essential in Preventing Public Health Catastrophes

By Ana Ayala and Tanya Baytor Despite the World Health Organization (WHO) declaring the Ebola outbreak in West Africa an international public health emergency and mobilizing international assistance to stop further spread of the virus, we continue to see the number of cases and deaths rise, particularly in the countries with the lowest resources, namely […]

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