Amid growing global health problems, the World Health Organization (W.H.O.) appealed from its headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, for an extra $1.5 billion to combat these emerging threats.
Reports show the World Health Organization’s director general, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, claimed that the WHO wants to provide humanitarian help to over 87 million people this year. To do this, they asked for $1.5 billion in assistance, which should be provided as soon as possible with maximum flexibility. They need more than just a reactive strategy.
Even though he failed to provide proof of the investment return, he went on to say that every US dollar invested in WHO yields a return of at least US$35.
With an injection of almost $400 million in 2020, the United States maintained its position as the leading individual contributor to the WHO.
During his remarks in the Rose Garden of the White House, then-President Trump expressed his serious worry about the potential misuse of America’s charity in light of the recent COVID-19 epidemic. The WHO utterly failed when it came to gathering, verifying, and transparently sharing information.
He said that if the World Health Organization’s reports remain unreliable, the United States would have to seek other partnerships to meet its public health objectives.
The President stated that a failure on the part of the WHO to carry out its most fundamental responsibility presents a need for accountability.
U.S. taxpayer money arrived at the beginning of the epidemic, and the organization’s response to the situation prompted immediate demands for Tedros’ resignation.
The public health organization’s budget, which includes an obligatory membership price increase of 20%, had been established at nearly 7 billion in 2023 and is expected to be maintained for the following two years.
Reports show that in response to the WHO’s gross mismanagement and cover-up of the magnitude of the Chinese coronavirus in 2019 and 2020, the Trump administration declared in April 2020 that it intended to defund the agency.
In January 2021, the United States government under Joe Biden reinstated financing for the WHO.