Academic journal article Bulletin of the World Health Organization

WHO Announces Major Reform

Academic journal article Bulletin of the World Health Organization

WHO Announces Major Reform

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World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus announced a major reform of WHO's structure and operating model on 6 March. The main aim of the reform is to align headquarters, regional offices and country offices' efforts to achieve WHO's "triple billion" targets set out in the 13th General Programme of Work 2019-2023.

Changes include the creation of a new Division of the Chief Scientist and improved career opportunities for WHO scientists.

A new Department of Digital Health will support countries in their efforts to harness the power of digital health and innovation, supporting efforts to assess, integrate, and regulate digital technologies and artificial intelligence.

A new WHO Academy will be a part of plans to develop a dynamic and diverse health workforce. The academy will provide new learning opportunities for staff and public health professionals globally.

WHO's work to support countries in preventing and mitigating the impact of outbreaks and other health crises will be strengthened by creating a new Division of Emergency Preparedness, as a complement to WHO's existing work on emergency response. …

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