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Yves Beigbeder, The World Health Organization: Achievements and Failures (Routledge, 2018).

Summary
The World Health Organization (WHO) is undergoing a crisis of credibility and challenge. Having been subjected to a severe financial crisis and criticisms of its management of pandemics such as the H1N1 flu case and the outbreak of Ebola, with a new Director-General at its helm, it is an ideal time to review the WHO’s past and current achievements including on-going operations and reported failures. Whilst time is given to recurrent attacks on WHO performance, it is balanced by also highlighting the WHO’s leadership, its member states, and its influence on other actors, NGOs and business. As such, this study reviews the WHO’s actions in the most visible programmes such as SARS, H1N1, Ebola and also smallpox, malaria, onchocerciasis, polio and AIDS. The author also discusses the desirable balance between operational and normative functions and proposals for reform of the Organization.

About the Author
Yves Beigbeder (Dr Public Law) has written many books and articles on international organizations, international secretariats, UN management, international criminal tribunals, international humanitarian non-governmental organizations, the World Health Organization (WHO), International Public Health and Business . He assisted the French Judge at the Nuremberg Trial in 1946 as a legal secretary. He later worked in the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations in Rome, then in WHO as a Human Resources and legal professional in WHO Regional Offices and in Geneva. After his retirement from WHO, he lectured on international organizations and WHO in universities in Geneva, Paris, St Louis, Boston and Vancouver. He is currently Legal Counsel for international civil servants in Geneva in their complaints to the ILO and UN Administrative Tribunals.

Dr Beigbeder is a member of the Academic Council on the United Nations System, the Union of International Associations, Regent of the International Association for Humanitarian Medicine Brock Chisholm, a member of the Executive Committees of the Association of Former International Civil Servants, the Association of Former (WHO) Staff Members, the Association of Former International Civil Servants for Development (Greycells).