The World Health Organization (WHO)'s director-general, Dr. Margaret Chan, has commissioned a panel of outside independent experts to undertake an assessment of all aspects of WHO’s response in the Ebola outbreak. This action was triggered by a resolution passed during the special session of the executive board in January 2015.
Barbara Stocking will chair the panel. She was formerly chief executive of Oxfam GB (2001-13) and during this time led major humanitarian responses. Currently she is president of Murray Edwards College at the University of Cambridge in the UK.
The other panel members are: Professor Jean-Jacques Muyembe-Tamfun, director-general of the National Institute for Biomedical Research, Democratic Republic of the Congo; Dr. Faisal Shuaib, head of the National Ebola Emergency Operations Center, Nigeria; Dr. Carmencita Alberto-Banatin, independent consultant and advisor on health emergencies and disasters, Philippines; professor Julio Frenk, dean of the faculty, Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health, Boston, Mass.; and professor Ilona Kickbusch, director of the global health program at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva, Switzerland.
The panel will present a first progress report on its work to the 68th World Health Assembly in May 2015.