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The World Health Organization

Achievements and Failures, 1st Edition

By Yves Beigbeder


200 pages

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The World Health Organization (WHO) is undergoing a crisis of credibility and challenge. Having been subjected to a severe financial crisis and criticisms of its management of pandemics such as the H1N1 flu case and the outbreak of Ebola, with a new Director-General at its helm, it is an ideal time to review the WHO’s past and current achievements including on-going operations and reported failures. Whilst time is given to recurrent attacks on WHO performance, it is balanced by also highlighting the WHO’s leadership, its member states, and its influence on other actors, NGOs and business. As such, this study reviews the WHO’s actions in the most visible programmes such as SARS, H1N1, Ebola and also smallpox, malaria, onchocerciasis, polio and AIDS. The author also discusses the desirable balance between operational and normative functions and proposals for reform of the Organization.


Yves Beigbeder’s splendid scholarship comes at a pivotal moment for WHO—after its widely criticized response to Ebola. Will the Organization become the global health leader it was meant to be? Or will member states starve it of funding, as its capabilities wither? Yves Beigbeder’s important ?book illuminates these vital questions?, urging, rightfully, for a reenergized WHO to fight global health crises arising today and into the future. – Lawrence O’Gostin, Professor, Georgetown University and Director, World Health Organization Collaborating Center on National & Global Health Law.

Table of Contents



List of Abbreviations

Part I Who’s Mandate, Governance and Programmes

Chapter 1 Mandate, Structure and Functions

Chapter 2 Strategy and Programmes

Part II Global Outbreaks and Pandemics

Chapter 3 The Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome and The Avian Influenza

Chapter 4 The H1n1 Flu Pandemic Crisis and The Middle East Respiratory Syndrome

Chapter 5 The Fight Against Ebola

Chapter 6 Fighting Zika

Part III Communicable Diseases: Control or Eradication?

Chapter 7 Fighting Malaria

Chapter 8 The Eradication of Smallpox

Chapter 9 The Onchocerciasis Control Programmes

Chapter 10 The Eradication of Polio

Chapter 11 The Global Fight Against Aids

Chapter 12 Fighting Tuberculosis

Part IV Fighting Non-Communicable Diseases

Chapter 13 Access to Essential Medicines

Chapter 14 Nutrition issues

Chapter 15 Fighting tobacco and alcohol




About the Author

Yves Beigbeder (Dr Public Law) has written many books and articles on international organizations, international secretariats, UN management, international criminal tribunals, international humanitarian non-governmental organizations, the World Health Organization (WHO), International Public Health and Business . He assisted the French Judge at the Nuremberg Trial in 1946 as a legal secretary. He later worked in the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations in Rome, then in WHO as a Human Resources and legal professional in WHO Regional Offices and in Geneva. After his retirement from WHO, he lectured on international organizations and WHO in universities in Geneva, Paris, St Louis, Boston and Vancouver. He is currently Legal Counsel for international civil servants in Geneva in their complaints to the ILO and UN Administrative Tribunals.

Dr Beigbeder is a member of the Academic Council on the United Nations System, the Union of International Associations, Regent of the International Association for Humanitarian Medicine Brock Chisholm, a member of the Executive Committees of the Association of Former International Civil Servants, the Association of Former (WHO) Staff Members, the Association of Former International Civil Servants for Development (Greycells).

About the Series

Global Governance

Global Governance

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Series Editor: John J. Kirton, University of Toronto, Canada

Global governance is growing rapidly to meet the compounding challenges of a globalized 21st-century world. Many issues once dealt with largely at the local, national or regional level are now going global, in the economic, social and political-security domains. In response, new and renewed intergovernmental institutions are arising and adapting, multilevel governance is expanding, and sub-national actors are playing a greater role, and create complex combinations and private-partnerships to this end.

This series focuses on the new dynamics of global governance in the 21st century by:

  • Addressing the changes in the structure, operation and impact of individual intergovernmental institutions, above all their innovative responses to the growing global challenges they confront.
  • Exploring how they affect, are affected by and relate to non-state actors of global relevance and reach.
  • Examining the processes of cooperation, competition and convergence among international institutions and the many global governance gaps where global challenges such as terrorism, transnational crime and energy do not confront powerful international institutions devoted to their control.
  • Dealing with how global institutions govern the links among key issues such as climate change and health.

In all cases, it focuses on the central questions of how global governance institutions and processes generate the effective, legitimate, accountable results required to govern today’s interconnected, complex, uncertain and crisis-ridden world.

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