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WHO Calls For $100 Million Emergency Fund, Doctor ‘SWAT Team’
National Public Radio

Nearly 3,000 delegates from around the world are gathering this week in one of the most expensive cities in Europe to debate the fate of the World Health Organization.

There’s one main question on the table: Will the WHO be given the power and money it needs to be the world’s leading health agency, or will it plod forward in its current state — as a weak, bureaucratic agency of the U.N. known more for providing advice rather than taking action.

The Ebola outbreak in West Africa “overwhelmed” the agency and made it clear that the WHO must change, said WHO’s director-general, Dr. Margaret Chan at the 68th World Health Assembly.