Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Several big issues have rocked the World Health Organization. The COVID-19 pandemic is the greatest public health challenge in a century. It has also laid bare global weaknesses in dealing with an outbreak of a deadly infectious disease. In the midst of this US President Donald Trump decided to defund and remove the United States from the organization.

What does this mean for the WHO? How can we improve our response to COVID-19 and future pandemics? What reforms are required? What is happening in Congress regarding the WHO?

A crisis is an opportunity to build a better system. Four global health leaders will address these important issues affecting the world’s premier public health agency; what is taking place in Congress regarding the WHO; reforming the WHO and our collective ability to respond to COVID-19 and other public health challenges.


Michele Barry, MD, FACP
Director, Center for Innovation in Global Health
Senior Associate Dean, Global Health
Stanford University

Jonathan D. Quick, MD, MPH
Managing Director
Pandemic Response, Preparedness, and Prevention
The Rockefeller Foundation
Author, The End of Epidemics (St. Martin’s Press; Scribe publications, 2018)

Lawrence O. Gostin, JD
World Health Organization Collaborating Center on National & Global Health Law

J. Stephen Morrison, PhD
Senior Vice President and Director
Global Health Policy Center, Center for Strategic and International Studies


Keith Martin, MD, PC
Executive Director
Consortium of Universities for Global Health