Foreign Affairs   |  May 24, 2012

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After 15 years of heralded progress on pandemic preparedness, tuberculosis control, tobacco regulation, and health metrics, the World Health Organization faces confusion over its future. In 2011, after a year-long consultation with member states, WHO Director-General Margaret Chan described the agency as overextended and unable to respond with speed and agility to today’s global health challenges. The most serious examples: the WHO’s inability to address noncommunicable disease (NCD) prevention globally, to improve access to health systems, and to set global priorities in health.

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