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WHO reform

WHO is reforming to be better equipped to address the increasingly complex challenges of health in the 21st century. From persisting problems to new and emerging public health threats, WHO needs the capability and flexibility to respond to this evolving environment.

Reform has three aims: programmatic reform to improve people’s health; governance reform to increase coherence in global health and managerial reform in pursuit of organizational excellence.

Latest on reform

Impact of the Ebola outbreak

The Ebola outbreak has had a significant impact on reform implementation. Certain reform initiatives had to be delayed because resources had to be redeployed. However, the outbreak has also validated the relevance and importance of the different reform initiatives, in particular the WHO leadership priorities. It has further revealed areas for future improvement to ensure the Organization is able to deliver rapidly and effectively in emergency situations. Discussions are at an early stage and are ongoing.

WHO's engagement with non-State actors

As part of its governance reform, WHO is revisiting its policies on engagement with non-State actors, including nongovernmental organizations, private sector entities, philanthropic foundations and academic institutions. This page provides all necessary background documentation relating to this part of the reform process.

Administrative & programme management review at country level: Nepal

A WHO administrative and programme review mission has recently visited the Nepal country office, following the pilot mission which took place in Ethiopia in July 2014. The review missions will systematically identify best practices and areas for improvement in administration and programme management at country level.

Creation of an independent evaluation office

The evaluation function, which was formerly within the Department for Internal Oversight, has been established as an independent office. The office is currently undertaking a review of the evaluation function within WHO, including consultations with the heads of evaluation of other entities. This should be completed by the end of 2014 with implementation to begin in early 2015.

Programme budget

Contact us

WHO Secretariat welcomes comments on all aspects of reform. Please write to us at who_reform@who.int.