Fox News  |  September 15, 2017

“WHO is inherently unable to bring major outbreaks under control in places where there is violence, conflict and state instability and insecurity,” observes Lawrence Gostin, professor of medicine at Georgetown University and onetime member of the WHO Director-General’s Advisory Committee on Reforming the World Health Organization.

“WHO is highly dependent on national health authorities, and where there is a vacuum of power in local government, or when those governments are corrupt and even cause the health hazards, WHO simply doesn’t have the ability to end fast-moving epidemics. WHO also relies on strong national health systems, and these health systems are weak, fragmented or non existent in conflict zones and in places where refugees congregate.”

“It is probably unrealistic to believe that WHO has the political and economic power to be highly effective,” continued Gostin. “In the case of cholera, it has not been able to make a difference in war-torn countries.”

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