BBC News - Ebola crisis: 'Too slow' WHO promises reforms
The World Health Organization (WHO) has set out plans for reform, admitting that it was too slow to respond to the deadly Ebola outbreak in West Africa.
At an emergency session in Geneva, director-general Margaret Chan said Ebola had taught the world and the WHO how they must act in the future.
She said the corner had been turned on infections but warned over complacency.
More than 8,500 people have died in the outbreak, the vast majority in Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia.
The slow response to the crisis was unacceptable and I'm glad to hear the WHO has taken steps to rectify the situation but some important points to come out of those.Liberia announced on Friday that it was down to just five confirmed cases - there were 500 a week in September. Guinea and Sierra Leone have both also experienced falls in infection rates.
Dr Chan said the worst-case scenario had been avoided, but warned: "We must maintain the momentum and guard against complacency and donor fatigue."
WHO figures show 21,724 reported cases of Ebola in the outbreak , with 8,641 deaths.
1) We are now in a global health community, the tendency to look inward as so many did at the height of this crisis is the absolutely incorrect way to view the situation.
2) We have proved that we are capable as a global community of responding and reacting to such health crises despite the initial slow response in a effective and determined way to stem the spread of such a virus as Ebola.
3) I wish nothing but the best for the Liberian, Guinean and Sierra Leonean people, they have faced extreme hardships over the past decades and were beginning to recover and were sowing the seeds of prosperity before this crisis began, hopefully we can get back to that place soon once this crisis has been completely eradicated.