Mixed messages on role of head of World Bank and Ebola

On the one hand, the reporter sings the praises on Dr. Jim Yong Kim.  On the other hand, there are passages like this:

In July, as the epidemic was worsening, Dr. Kim fired off emails to other global health leaders. Dr. Thomas R. Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, had visited West Africa in August and returned saying the situation was “like we were using a peashooter against a rampaging elephant,” Dr. Kim recalled, adding, “It hit me like a ton of bricks.”

So… wait… you were hit like a ton of bricks… in August?  Pretty late in the game for a doctor, head of the world’s largest development organization, that has a focus on Africa, and especially on the most vulnerable countries of Africa… which are… where ebola has hit.  Was he not reading?  Did he think it would just go away by itself?  I dunno… I expect more acknowledgment of failure, rather than celebration of leadership. Not Dr. Kim’s fault, perhaps, but rather the reporter’s.

The article overall weird to be on frontpage of NY Times…Case in point: writer seems unaware the song Dr. Kim “raps” in for Dartmouth is will.i.am and Black Eyed Peas’s mashup of “Time of My Life,” and not the original!

via Head of World Bank Makes Ebola His Mission – NYTimes.com.

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