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The Conversation podcast featured College of Health Professions Professor Ana Amaya in "COVID-19: where does the World Health Organization go from here? podcast"

03/11/2021

The Conversation podcast featured College of Health Professions Professor Ana Amaya in "COVID-19: where does the World Health Organization go from here? podcast"

In this episode of The Conversation Weekly podcast, three experts on global health explain why COVID-19 is a moment of reckoning for the World Health Organization (WHO), and where it goes from here. And to mark one year since the WHO declared COVID-19 a pandemic, we hear from Conversation editors around the world on the situation where they live.

Ana Amaya, assistant professor at Pace University and an associate research fellow at the United Nations University Institute on Comparative Regional Integration Studies, says the current global health system is no longer acceptable to many developing countries in the global south. 'We're in a strange time where the WHO will only be strengthened or weakened,' says Amaya. 'There's no possibility of it going back to the status quo pre-pandemic.' She explains her new research on the role that regional organisations, such as Asean in south-east Asia, or Mercosur in South America, can play in reacting to global health emergencies. 

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