In Zika response, WHO should learn from Ebola mistakes

Assessments of the global response to the recent Ebola epidemic show that the world still isn’t ready to handle emerging pandemics, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health Lecturer Suerie Moon wrote in a New York Times opinion piece published January 29, 2016. Moon was the study director of the Harvard-London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine Independent Panel on the Global Response to Ebola, which published a report of their findings in The Lancet last November.

Moon argues that Zika offers the World Health Organization (WHO) another chance to prove its global leadership. She wrote, “What WHO should do is what only WHO can do. For example, WHO should analyze the sensitive outbreak information that governments must legally share with the agency, and provide authoritative guidance on how best to counteract the pathogen.”

Read New York Times article: The World Health Organization needs to be in charge of Zika

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