W.H.O. Appeals for $1.5+ Billion in Additional Funding

The World Health Organization (WHO) on Monday announced an appeal to its headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, calling for more than $1.5 billion in additional funding to address the ongoing health crisis around the world.

WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said: “This year we aim to reach around 87 million people with lifesaving humanitarian assistance,'' Reuters report.

“To make this happen, we need a total of $1.5 billion in support. We need this funding to be provided as quickly and as flexibly as possible. A reactive approach alone is not enough.”

World Health Organization WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus attends a press conference at the World Health Organization headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, December 15, 2023. (Lian Yi/Xinhua News Agency, via Getty Images)

Mr Tedros went on to say that the funding is “urgently” needed by the UN agency and “to protect the health of the most vulnerable people, with 41 emergencies occurring around the world in 2024.” ” said that it will be used.

He also promised that “for every $1 invested in WHO, you will receive a return on investment of at least $35,” without providing any evidence to support his claims about return on investment.

The United States has been the largest individual donor to the WHO in recent years, and so has Washington. To contribute More than $400 million was paid to organizations in 2020.

The vast World Health Organization headquarters are concentrated near the shores of Lake Geneva in Switzerland. (Lian Yi/Xinhua via Getty Images)

U.S. taxpayer funds were provided in the early days of the pandemic, and the resulting organization's handling of the crisis quickly led to calls for Tedros to resign.

The public health agency's budget is set $6.83 billion in 2023 and is designed to remain in place for the next two years, including a mandatory 20% increase in dues.

US President Donald Trump's administration withdrew funding from the WHO in April 2020, citing “serious mismanagement and cover-up” about the seriousness of the Chinese coronavirus from late 2019 to early 2020. announced plans to discontinue.

US President Joe Biden's administration restored Funding to WHO in January 2021.

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