WHO ’s to blame? The World Health Organization and the 2014 Ebola outbreak in West Africa
Third World Quarterly "Since 2001 the World Health Organization (WHO) has been actively
promoting its credentials for managing ‘global health security’.
However, the organisation’s initial response to the 2014 Ebola outbreak
in West Africa has attracted significant criticism, even prompting calls
for its dissolution and the creation of a new global health agency.
Drawing on principal–agent theory and insights from previous disease outbreaks, this article examines what went wrong, the extent to which the organisation can be held to account, and what this means for the WHO’s global health security mandate." (Photo: Ebola in Guinea / © flickr)