WHO Announces New Director Amid Ebola Concerns


Amid growing concerns over the way that the World Health Organization (WHO) has handled the growing Ebola outbreak, the UN has announced that they have selected a new director for the Africa arm of the organization. Regional delegates in Benin voted to raise Botswana native Dr Matshidiso Rebecca Moeti to the post, replacing Luis Gomes Sambo, who has had the position since 2005. Among other complaints, the UN body was accused of not responding quickly enough to the threat of the disease in Africa, being bound in bureaucratic processes and were accused of being more concerned with politics than mounting an effective response to the threat. Moeti made statements right away saying that she would begin immediately to improve the volume of workers as well as the level of support from partners in the three most affected countries in Africa.

By Jim Malone

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