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[Comment] Offline: WHO powers up in 2019

It was the most ambitious and unexpected riff perhaps ever delivered by a Director-General of WHO. When Dr Tedros Ghebreyesus opened the first Global Burden of Disease Forum at the agency’s Geneva headquarters last month, participants were prepared for warm words in praise of a new partnership between WHO and the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME), the Global Burden of Disease’s scientific centre. They were not disappointed. But the audience also heard Dr Tedros deliver a passionate vision for a greatly strengthened WHO.