Sumary of WHO unveils action plan to address findings of Independent Commission on DRC SEA allegations:
- “I am committed to ensuring that the suffering of the survivors and their families is the catalyst for a profound transformation of WHO’s culture”, said Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO Director-General.
- “This plan outlines the changes we will make as an organisation to make good on this commitment and to create a culture in which there is no opportunity for sexual exploitation and abuse to happen, no impunity if it does and no tolerance for inaction.
- ” The plan outlines short-term actions focusing on the most urgent recommendations of the IC Report: supporting the survivors and their families;
- The plan also describes the actions that WHO will undertake over the next 15 months to establish and operationalise a victim- and survivor-centered approach;
- ensure WHO personnel and leaders are accountable for prevention, detection and response to SEA;
- In addition, WHO will ensure mandatory pre-deployment training and refresher training for any further deployments;
- Together with UN partners she is giving an in-depth two- day training to staff and NGOs and is reaching out to community leaders to raise awareness.
- ”In the past week, nearly 40 WHO and UN partner employees have received prevention of sexual exploitation and abuse training.