WHO? Global Health Stalwart Must Reevaluate its Identity

Should the WHO put scarce resources into building up national health systems or building up the organization’s own capacity to respond to public health emergencies? 


Despite its reputation as a leading global health institution, the World Health Organization seems to be suffering from an identity crisis of sorts. The issue that the WHO faces is not whether it should act as either a technical agency or as a capacity-building one, but rather how to it can combine both objectives in aid of becoming a successful global health entity. In order to accomplish all of this, it is vital that the WHO creates and fosters a sense of unity among its main and regional offices, funds meaningful capacity-building programs in its member states and continues to deploy the technical expertise for which it is so well regarded.

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Institutional Adaptation in a Changing Global Economy

The IMF has long been known for conducting its business in a very particular way; that is to say that its financial assistance is provided to beneficiaries in need, but not without stipulations. The conditions attached to IMF capital disbursements generally aim to support the growth of neoliberal institutions and are often criticized for doing more harm than good. The IMF’s continued resistance to providing debt relief to Greece serves only to show that the Fund, despite reports to the contrary, is still very much entrenched in its trademark approach of imposing insular, Fund-centric ideology upon its members.

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