Wednesday, May 25, 2011
WHO must re-invent itself as a health knowledge hub
In this article, the author, Barry Bloom argues that WHO must regain the trust of donors and the scientific community by becoming more transparent and transforming itself into the main source of global health knowledge. Bloom argues that the agency must focus on what it does well, such as "provide forums for experts, scientists and health officials worldwide to interact and agree on best practices". And it must make the results of these exchanges available online. In this new leading role the WHO could also influence research and innovation priorities to ensure that they address developing countries' concerns, he says. And it must strengthen its advisory role, securing funding for experts to evaluate future needs such as antibiotic resistance. Link to full article.