Amid Funding Cut From US, WHO Creates Foundation To Tap New Funding Sources


After the United States suspended its funding for the World Health Organization, the organization has set up a foundation that will enable it to tap into new sources of funding, including from the general public.

WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus made this announcement on Wednesday.

According to Ghebreyesus, the WHO Foundation is being created as an independent grant-making entity that will support the organization’s efforts to address the most pressing global health challenges by raising new funding from “non-traditional sources”.

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Recall that The United States suspended funding to the WHO this year after President Donald Trump complained about its handling of the coronavirus pandemic and accused it of being “China-centric”.

Trump also threatened this month to halt funding from the body’s top donor altogether if it does not commit to reforms within 30 days.

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But Tedros said the creation of the WHO Foundation had nothing to do with “recent funding issues.”

He said this month that the body’s annual budget of around $2.3 billion was “very, very small” for a global agency, around that of a medium-sized hospital in the developed world.

He also said that the funding sources were too uncertain, being overly reliant on “flexible funding” that can fluctuate.

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