W.H.O. 'unfit for health emergencies': report

Jul 07, 2015, 7:15 AM EDT
This picture shows a tarp with words and handprints in yellow paint in US treatment unit for Liberian healthcare workers infected with Ebola, during the site's decommissioning on April 30, 2015 in Monrovia.
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The World Health Organization (WHO) lacks the "capacity and culture" to deal with global health emergencies, says the chair of a new independent report on Ebola.

According to the BBC, Dame Barbara Stocking says WHO failed in its handling of the deadly disease outbreak, which has killed more than 11,000 people, mostly in West Africa. But the ex-head of Oxfam says WHO is not solely to blame.

The whole humanitarian system lacked foresight, she said. The full report, commissioned by WHO, will be published later today. The WHO has set out plans for reform, admitting that it was too slow to respond to the deadly Ebola outbreak that began in 2013.

In August 2014, the WHO declared it a public health emergency of international concern. By that point, more than 1,000 people had died of the virus. Dame Barbara said changes needed to happen.

"We will be making recommendations to the WHO about how it needs to change itself.

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