منظمة الصحة العالمية تواجه انتقادات بشأن إنفلونزا الخنازير

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Today Doug and Mouna talk about global health issues.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) opened its annual general assembly this week with the participation of 193 countries.

It is an international organisation that directs and coordinates health policy for the United Nations.

The delegates talked about a multitude of health issues affecting their citizens including clean water, contagious diseases and affordable medicine.

One particular issue that affected many of the delegates and caused a lot of controversy was the H1N1 virus also known as swine flu.

Many questions were asked over the handling of the crisis particularly as many countries bought huge amounts of the swine flu vaccinations, costing millions of dollars.

A number of delegates are upset because they believe that their countries had warned WHO of the dangers of the swine flu virus before it became a pandemic.

The delegates are also concerned that delaying the response to the virus meant that pharmaceutical companies were able to increase the prices of their medicines and have undue influence.

Now the WHO has established an internal investigation to try and find out what exactly went wrong and how not to repeat any mistakes that might have occurred.

Such an inquiry will be important to restore the level of trust that might have been lost during the swine flu crisis.

How was the reaction to swine flu in your country? Write to us in English!
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World Health Organisation
منظمة الصحة العالمية
annual
سنوي
general assembly
الجمعية العامة
participation
مشاركة
delegates
مندوبون
multitude
متعدد
crisis
أزمة
swine flu
انفلونزا الخنازير
vaccination
لقاح
pandemic
وباء
pharmaceutical companies
شركات الأدوية
internal investigation
تحقيق داخلي

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