Under-funded WHO seeks reinforced role in global health at key meeting

By Jennifer Rigby and Emma Farge

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$6.86 billion seems like a piffling amount actually. The UK wasted more on unusable PPE supplied by "favoured" suppliers. Global billionaires might be able to cough up some spare change for WHO.

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Credit to the member states for not providing the funding requested.

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the UN is just a money laundering organization.

the UN is useless

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They should be disbanded given their track record

What track record are you talking about? supporting scientifically sound measures and fighting against disinformation efforts to convice the people serious diseases and unnecessary deaths should just be tolerated?

Credit to the member states for not providing the funding requested.

Because that will let people keep criticizing the global public health authority for not having enough resources to do what is necessary to improve public health? this would mean putting personal political preferences as a higher priority than the health and lives of the people that benefit from the actions of the WHO.

the UN is just a money laundering organization.

the UN is useless

The WHO is not the UN, and it is widely recognized because of their efforts to improve the lives and health of people around the world, do you have any source where a reputable health institution says the WHO is useless?

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They should be disbanded given their track record

What have they done in their track record that should result in their disbandment?

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Strike while the iron is hot boys.

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The WHO doesn't do anything useful for anyone except the industries that profit of the treatment of diseases

Public health official from many countries, that see directly the postiive effect of WHO backed activites have, clearly disagree with your personal and deeply biased claim.

The WHO provides cures in many developing countries, or even better it provides strategies and resources to prevent health problems in the first place.

Now they want the green light to set policy globally and outside of the sovereign powers of democratic nations. No thanks.

Limiting the power of any international organization only benefits the international companies, that can then pressure individual countries to accept deals that are deeply disadvantageous, in this specific case your position means supporting the conglomerates by reducing the leverage that can be used against them.

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WHO......A very dodgy organization !

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They are worth their weight in gold. Here's why...

WHO works worldwide to promote health, keep the world safe, and serve the vulnerable. 

Their goal is to ensure that a billion more people have universal health coverage, to protect a billion more people from health emergencies, and provide a further billion people with better health and well-being.

For universal health coverage, they: 

focus on primary health care to improve access to quality essential services

work towards sustainable financing and financial protection

improve access to essential medicines and health products

train the health workforce and advise on labour policies

support people's participation in national health policies

improve monitoring, data and information.


For health emergencies, they:

prepare for emergencies by identifying, mitigating and managing risks

prevent emergencies and support development of tools necessary during outbreaks

detect and respond to acute health emergencies

support delivery of essential health services in fragile settings.

For health and well-being they:

address social determinants

promote intersectoral approaches for health

prioritize health in all policies and healthy settings.

Through their work, they address:

human capital across the life-course

noncommunicable diseases prevention

mental health promotion

climate change in small island developing states

antimicrobial resistance

elimination and eradication of high-impact communicable diseases.

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