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Campus Only Senior Thesis

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Bachelor of Arts


Philosophy, Politics, and Economics (PPE)

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Lisa Langdon Koch PhD

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The past year has shown more than ever that the world badly needs effective international leadership to face global health crises. Since its founding in 1948, the World Health Organization (WHO) has been the premier international organization for coordinating public health. Its leadership has generated massive public health successes but has been vulnerable to lapses in transparency and responsiveness. This thesis explores the WHO’s involvement in responding to five disease outbreaks: Ebola, A(H1N1), HIV-AIDS, Smallpox, and COVID-19. Ultimately, it finds four ways in which the WHO responds best to global health crises. These strategies include coordinating with other agencies, engaging local communities, prioritizing economically vulnerable areas, and maintaining transparency about the WHO’s decision-making.

This thesis is restricted to the Claremont Colleges current faculty, students, and staff.