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Zero Cheers for WHO 'Restructuring'

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The World Health Organization (WHO) has seen better days. Over the past couple of decades, the globally taxpayer-funded United Nations sub-agency has swelled into an unresponsive bureaucracy more eager to praise dictators, fund lavish conferences and travel first class to impose paternalism than help the poor and unhealthy. To listen to WHO leadership, this malaise can go away with an ambitious restructuring program that makes regional offices more responsive to central headquarters. While some reforms may be promising, “restructuring” is unlikely to make the international governmental organization (IGO) into a lean, effective bureaucracy. On behalf of taxpayers around the globe that spend more than $2 billion per year to prop up the WHO’s sclerotic agency, policymakers must champion true reform.

Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, director-general of the WHO since 2017, faces the not-so-simple task of reforming a global bureaucracy known for mission creep and embarrassing incompetence. One well-intentioned proposal involves sending Geneva’s (WHO’s headquarters) bureaucrats to the WHO’s frontlines, exposing paper pushers to the disease-ridden........

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