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PLoS Medicine Issue Image | Vol. 13(6) June 2016

PLoS Medicine Issue Image | Vol. 13(6) June 2016

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A Global Champion for Health—WHO's Next?

The World Health Organization is a key part of the international system for assessing and responding to emerging threats from infectious and other diseases, but there has been widespread criticism of the body following its role in the disappointing and dysfunctional response to the 2014–2015 Ebola outbreak in West Africa. Margaret Chan, who has led the agency for the past decade, steps down in 2017 and the search for her successor is underway. In an Editorial, the PLOS Medicine Editors discuss some of the challenges facing the organization and priorities for its reform, and reflect on the qualities which will be required in the next Director-General.

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A Global Champion for Health—WHO's Next?

The World Health Organization is a key part of the international system for assessing and responding to emerging threats from infectious and other diseases, but there has been widespread criticism of the body following its role in the disappointing and dysfunctional response to the 2014–2015 Ebola outbreak in West Africa. Margaret Chan, who has led the agency for the past decade, steps down in 2017 and the search for her successor is underway. In an Editorial, the PLOS Medicine Editors discuss some of the challenges facing the organization and priorities for its reform, and reflect on the qualities which will be required in the next Director-General.

Image Credit: 41916075@N06, Flickr

https://doi.org/10.1371/image.pmed.v13.i06.g001