WHO to investigate allegations of misconduct

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The World Health Organisation (WHO) has said that it was investigating the alleged cases of misconducts that have been reported in the organisation.

The anonymous emails circulating in the organisation has alleged that racism, sexism and corruption are present in the UN agency.

“The allegations are being investigated according to WHO’s established procedures, having been referred to WHO’s Office of Internal Oversight Services by the Director-General, Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus,” a WHO statement said.

WHO is “working consistently to increase geographical diversity and improve gender balance at all levels as part of its ongoing transformation process,” the statement added.

It also said that the organisation has “championed openness, transparency and diversity” under the leadership of Tedros, a former health minister of Ethiopia and WHO’s first African director-general.

Other UN agencies, such as the  United Nations Program on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), had come under scrutiny following such allegations. UNAIDS chief Michel Sidibe later agreed to step down following an independent report.

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