WHO and the Refugee Crisis in Jordan and Beyond

Munjed Farid Al Qutob

The influx of refugees has placed tremendous strains on existing health-care facilities in Syria neighbouring countries like Jordan. Jordan's population has swelled by 20% since the inception of the Syrian civil war. The response from the WHO has been splintered and timid, even in comparison with the Ebola crisis. It is trivialising the reality on the ground. I was at the WHO's headquarters during the outbreak of the Ebola virus disease in West Africa. The WHO was then castigated for its tragic failure to lead the global fight, respond quickly enough, and instigate the mobilisation of expertise and resources to stop its spread.

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