The World Health Organisation: is it fit for purpose?
My answer to that question is a resounding no. But don't take my word for it. In this excellent piece in the Huffington Post, David Williams, President of the Taxpayers' Protection Alliance highlights that in Australia, which has been dubbed the "nanny state capital of the word", a former Labor Minister has condemned WHO for its "draconian policies and lack of transparency". And he's right.
If you agree with WHO on its policies on tobacco and vaping, it will talk to you. If you disagree, you are not let through the door. Its thinking is so blinkered, it would rather destroy the vaping industry than work with all stakeholders to achieve sensible and workable tobacco harm reduction solutions.
As David Williams said in his article:
"...WHO would rather hold meetings and give awards to dictators in Turkmenistan and tell Syrians in the middle of a civil war to implement plain packaging regulations for tobacco."
And all of this is happening whilst the Zika virus continues to spread. WHO really needs to get its priorities straight, but under its current leadership, that is never going to happen.