Author Affiliations: Department of Politics and International Relations, University of Oxford, Oxford, England (Dr Sridhar); and O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law, Georgetown University Law Center, Washington, DC (Mr Gostin).
In December 2010, Jack Chow,1 the former World Health Organization (WHO) assistant director-general, asked, “Is the WHO becoming irrelevant?” A month later, the WHO's executive board considered the agency's future within global health governance. After a year-long consultation with member states on its financing, Director-General Margaret Chan called the WHO overextended and unable to respond with speed and agility to today's global health challenges.2
Sridhar D, Gostin LO. Reforming the World Health Organization. JAMA. 2011;305(15):1585-1586. doi:10.1001/jama.2011.418