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                           THE  CHINESE  JOURNAL                      oal
                  tem. Global
 BRILL              OF GLOBAL  GOVERNANCE 2   (2016) 1-29           Governance
NIJHOFF                                                            brill.com/cjgg



The   World Health Organization in Crisis-Lessons

to  be  Learned Beyond the Ebola Outbreak


        Nadja Meisterhans
     Medico  International, Frankfurt (Germany); Karlshochschule International
     University, Karlsruhe (Germany); Johannes Kepler Universitdt, Linz (Austria)
        nmeisterhans@karlshochschule.de



        Abstract

Blaming the World Health Organization (WHO) for its failures in the Ebola crisis was
a common  reaction of the media. However, exclusively denouncing the WHO for the
spread of Ebola falls short as it does not recognize the structural deficits of those recent
governance procedures financing global health that lead to a chronic underfunding
of the WHO. Against this background, the article reflects perspectives of a democratic
reform of global health funding. It concludes that only the WHO can provide a leader-
ship on global health matters, but to do so it depends on states willing to rebuild the
WHO's capacities to act. To address the global health crisis properly, the revitalization
of WHO's constitutional mandate is critically necessary. The discussion is based on
normative legal theory, which argues that processes of globalization have transformed
international law into a global rule of law, placing specific duties on states and interna-
tional institutions.



        Keywords


WHO  reform - Human   right to health - Global rule of law - Global governance for
health -Legal theory







*  The research for this article was supported by Medico International.


   MEISTERHANS, 2016 DOI 10.1163/23525207-12340013
This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-
Noncommercial 3.0 Unported (CC-BY-NC 3.0) License.

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