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Good morning, this is Paula. After years of repeated sexual abuse scandals at the World Health Organization and other UN agencies, institutions have begun a process of housekeeping, appointing managers to develop new strategies, improve accountability and transparency.

But critics say it’s just window dressing and that, to root out the problem, policies need to be started again from scratch.

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Paula Dupraz-Dobias


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Health workers wearing protective gear check on a patient isolated in a plastic cube at an Ebola treatment centre in Beni, Congo. Four days before the World Health Organization declared the Ebola outbreak an international emergency after it spread to eastern Congo's biggest city, Goma, 13 July 2019. (Keystone/AP/Jerome Delay)

After years of inadequate response to sexual abuse scandals, UN institutions are responding by installing new managers and setting up investigative commissions and websites to keep track of reports. But will shifting personnel, dedicated budgets and new databases be enough?

We speak to the people who have taken charge of reshaping strategies to prevent and respond to sexual misconduct at the World Health Organization – hounded by reports of abuse during its response following the Ebola outbreak in Congo – and across United Nations agencies, about what is being done.

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