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The 2014 Ebola outbreak in west Africa has demonstrated again the urgent need for strong leadership and coordination in responding to global health challenges. As members of the global health scholarly community, we call upon all WHO Member States to recommit themselves to strengthening global outbreak alert and response by sustainably investing in the WHO, its departments, and personnel.
As members of the WHO secretariat have admitted, mistakes were made in how the organisation initially responded to the 2014 Ebola outbreak.
Ahead of the 68th World Health Assembly in May, 2015, the temptation will be to point fingers and use the extreme case of Ebola to justify further erosion of the WHO. The temptation might also be to divert voluntary contributions to other institutions. We firmly believe that any such measures must be approached with extreme care./.../