Background to Current WHO Reform Initiatives and Possible Advocacy Messages

Date: 
18 Sep 2011

WHO is in crisis. It is in debt and its agenda is increasingly dictated by donors rather than member states. The Director General has initiated a reform process which will come to a head in November 2011. There are powerful pressures at work which are directed to restricting WHO to a purely technical role and towards closer relationships ('partnerships') with private corporations and private foundations (in particular the Gates Foundation).

This paper provides background to the WHO Reform process, contextualises the reform initiatives within the wider global health governance scene and provides a starting point for consideration of possible advocacy messages.

(Picture from Medicus Mundi International Network.)

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