BY KIM VUGA & BIANCA BARDEN
DATE: JANUARY 31, 2020
THE UN/WHO AND THEIR FAILED ROLE IN THIS ONGOING EMERGENCY
The World Health Organisation WHO has listed on their website four statements of action that the WHO implements at times of an international emergency:
1. prepare for emergencies by identifying, mitigating and managing risks
2. prevent emergencies and support development of tools necessary during outbreaks
3. detect and respond to acute health emergencies
4. support delivery of essential health services in fragile settings.
The WHO declares a Public Health Emergency of International Concern when there is "an extraordinary event which is determined… to constitute a public health risk to other states through the international spread of disease".
In the past the WHO has previously declared five global public health emergencies as follows: