Liberia Ebola Crematorium
Family members and friends react as they take part in a traditional ceremony for family and friends who died due to the Ebola virus and who got crema...
Family members and friends react as they take part in a traditional ceremony for family and friends who died due to the Ebola virus and who got cremated at a crematorium on the outskirts of Monrovia, Liberia, Saturday, March 7, 2015. Traditional leaders from the fifteen counties in Liberia performed prayers at a crematorium that was used to burn the remains of people that passed away due to the Ebola virus. After the ceremony at the crematorium the remains were transported to a burial site were family members and traditional leaders gave their last blessing. The West African nations of Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea have been hardest hit in the yearlong Ebola outbreak, which is estimated to have left more than 9,800 people dead.(AP Photo/ Abbas Dulleh)
LONDON (AP) -- The World Health Organization says it has created a panel of independent experts to assess its response to the biggest-ever Ebola outbreak in history.
In a statement Tuesday, the U.N. health agency said the panel was commissioned after a resolution passed by its executive board. The panel will be chaired by Barbara Stocking, a former chief executive of Oxfam GB. A preliminary report is due in May.
WHO's handling of the Ebola outbreak that has killed over 9,900 people in West Africa has been heavily criticized. WHO admitted in an internal draft report that it fumbled early attempts to curb the outbreak, blaming incompetent staff and a lack of real-time information. Others also criticized WHO for not declaring an international health emergency until nearly 1,000 people had died.