Improving the quality of WHO guidelines over the last decade: progress and challenges

by Susan L Norris and Nathan Ford
The Lancet Global Health, Vol. 5, No. 9, e855–e856, September 2017

2 pp. 40 kB

WHO is a leading and respected source of normative guidance. With a particular focus on the needs of low-income and middle-income countries, the scope of WHO guidelines is vast, ranging from specific interventions aimed at controlling particular aspects of emerging health threats (e.g., Infant feeding in areas of Zika virus transmission) to broad public health guidance (e.g., International travel and health). WHO looks forward to its next 10 years of guideline development, meeting the substantial challenges head on, while continuing to self-reflect, evaluate, learn, and evolve. In an increasingly crowded arena of global health, WHO will work to ensure that its guidelines remain a trustworthy source of relevant, usable, and impactful normative guidance for Member States and the global public health community.

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