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Down to Earth - - THE FORTNIGHT - FAC­ING CRIT­I­CISM

of the way it han­dled the year-long Ebola out­break, the World Health Or­ga­ni­za­tion (WHO) has pro­posed to over­haul its re­sponse sys­tem. The ex­ec­u­tive board of WHO held a ses­sion to de­vise guide­lines for build­ing re­silient health sys­tems in Ebola-af­fected coun­tries. Talk­ing about Ebola, Mar­garet Chan, direc­tor-gen­eral of WHO, said, "The world, in­clud­ing WHO, was too slow to see what was un­fold­ing be­fore us." Chan said coun­tries must be sup­ported to build their own work­force for re­spond­ing to emer­gen­cies. The work­force needs to be trained to per­form with mil­i­tary pre­ci­sion. It must also be paid.

WHO, too, needs to strengthen its own work­force.

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