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January 26, 2015

Ebola Failings Prompt WHO to Mull Global Volunteer Force

Chastened by criticism of the World Health Organization's slow response to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, the United Nations affiliate's executive board has approved a set of reforms aimed at strengthening its disease-fighting capabilities, The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times report. Meeting in a rare special session Sunday, the 34 board members voted unanimously to create an international cadre of emergency health workers and establish a contingency fund for dealing with fast-developing crises.

These and other board-approved changes must still be adopted by WHO's governing body, the World Health Assembly, which consists of representatives from the organization's 194 member countries and meets in May. The steps tentatively approved Sunday were previously recommended after a 2009 influenza pandemic but were never implemented.