How should international organizations, like the WHO, be responsible for global health? by Fred Meckler

[ By on December 18, 2016 ]

Since the WHO (World Health Organization) infected a large part of the Egyptian population with HCV (Hepatitis C Virus), the WHO has been under scrutiny for the many health issues that it has created for the Egyptian population and many others. More recently, the FDA’s (Food and Drug Administration) inconsistent protocol for approving drugs has been on display with the recent approval of drugs like Flibanserin and Sarepta. These issues that seem to repeat itself across bring up questions about what role larger institutions should play in the health of individuals.

How should international organizations, like the WHO, be responsible for global health? What responsibility does the WHO have to ensure that its procedures and actions will benefit the community with little or no harm? What role does the FDA have in ensuring the safety of Americans? Is the FDA’s role only to protect Americans from truly harmful substances or is it to decide what drugs and effects Americans can reap from the drugs they choose to take?

http://www.who.int/features/2014/egypt-campaign-hepatitisc/en/

http://www.fda.gov/NewsEvents/Newsroom/PressAnnouncements/ucm458734.htm

http://www.fda.gov/NewsEvents/Newsroom/PressAnnouncements/ucm521263.htm

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/12/16/health/hepatitis-c-treatment-egypt.html?_r=0

 

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One Comment on “How should international organizations, like the WHO, be responsible for global health? by Fred Meckler”

  1. KNF

    The wording of the opening suggests that the WHO might have deliberately infected the Egyptian population with hep-c, when it was largely due to ignorance-driven negligence; it is important to clarify. Similarly, tell us a bit more about the two drugs that were recently approved by the FDA using inconsistent protocol.

    It is a good question as to whether there should be oversight. While asking whether the WHO needs to monitor itself as part of its global mission, also consider the possibility of whether they might require external oversight, and why that might be.

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