How to Fix the World Health Organization

World Health Organization headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland (Denis Balibouse/Reuters)
The coronavirus pandemic revealed an unprepared organization. Here’s what to do about it.

NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE I n early 2020, the reality had set in that COVID-19 was moving toward becoming a deadly pandemic and a global economic disaster. Fair or not, the World Health Organization (WHO) has received much of the blame for confusion over public-health guidance, devastation to the global economy, and millions of COVID-19 deaths. Reforming the institution now tops the list of requirements to ensure that what happened with this pandemic never happens again. Doing so, however, will be an uphill battle. Even the definition of reform is far from agreed upon, and beneficiaries of the status quo are formidable.

COVID-19 has reminded us

Garrett Grigsby was the director of the Office of Global Affairs at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services from 2017–2021.


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