The World Health Organization, also known as WHO. It's primary role is to direct international health within the United Nations' system and to lead partners in global health responses. The organization aims to protect, contain, and eradicate global epidemics. Ultimately, WHO looks to protect world-wide outbreaks which, can harm both a nation's social and economic collapse, with millions dead.
While that this might sound all fine and dandy, it is startling to see the organization's response time depending on the source and location of the outbreak. This can be seen in recent epidemics such as the SARS and Ebola outbreaks that happened in recent years. The SARS outbreak was quickly contained with the WHO having a quick response to the situation, plans were in action to contain and eliminate the threat within a span of a few weeks of the when the virus was identified as an epidemic. (World News MD). However, when it came to the Ebola outbreak that started in New Guinea, the time it took WHO to react to this epidemic was considerably longer.
But why was this the case? Could it have been that it was the level of importance of the area impact affected the WHO and their response time to the problem? Or maybe it became a real problem to WHO when the threat of the virus became too much of a threat to their own health that spurs this organization into action. What ever the case may be, it is clear that WHO needs to not only speed up their reaction times to these outbreaks but also that they are ensuring that they are reacting to the same degree, urgency, and validity to every outbreak regardless of location. They need to work on prevention of these diseases instead of reaction. And it is our jobs as citizens of our countries and electors of our leaders to expect these changes to come about, to ensure that all nations are being considered equally and can feel confident that they are not being overlooked simply for the simple fact of our own selfish needs. For that is our duty not only as citizens of our countries but also as species of the same race.