April 2, 2021
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What To Know About The World Health Organization


WHO: World Health Organization

Founded: 1948 – as a specialized agency of the United Nations (founded 1945 after WWII).

Headquarters: Geneva, Switzerland

Team: 7,000+ people in 150+ countries

Mission: Provide healthcare and respond to public health emergencies.

Who pays for the WHO?

Similarly to the UN, member nations contribute dues (based on a formula including factors such as population) & voluntary funds (from member nations OR private donors, e.g. nonprofits).

  • Based on the formula, the U.S. contributes more than any country both to the WHO and also to the UN.
  • America contributes approx. $110M in dues and $400M in voluntary funds.

Top Five Areas of U.S.’s WHO Funding 2018 – 2019

  • Polio eradication
  • Increasing access to essential health & nutrition services
  • Vaccine & preventable diseases research
  • Establishing effective coordination & operations support
  • Infectious Hazard Management (prevent & control disease outbreaks)


Pres. Trump accused the WHO of mismanaging the COVID-19 crisis by being too differential to China where the virus emerged. He said his administration will stop America’s funding of the WHO pending an investigation.

Something To Note: Congress allocates taxpayer money. It’s a legal debate whether the President can *permanently or unilaterally* halt funding.

“One of the most dangerous and costly decisions from the WHO was its disastrous decision to oppose travel restrictions from China and other nations.”

Pres. Trump announcing halting funds to the WHO on April 14. On January 30, the Pres. issued America's first travel ban due to COVID-19 regarding travel from China into the U.S. The WHO advised against travel restrictions, citing bans as ineffective & detrimental to transporting needed health resources.

“WHO’s role is to provide rational & science-based recommendations to countries. But at the end of the day, a sovereign country has the autonomy to do what it thinks is right, and based on the situation.”

WHO Dir. General, Dr. Tedros, on Jan 20. The WHO praised China for its "cooperation and transparency," cautioning the outbreak was "evolving." On April 15, WHO said they first learned of pneumonia cases from a press release from Wuhan's health agency.

“The World Health Organization leads and coordinates the fight against pandemics. It’s what they do. You don’t stop firefighters from doing their jobs during a five-alarm fire.”

U.S. Representative Don Beyer (D-VA) who called Pres. Trump's move to withdraw funds "dangerous" for Americans.

“There are certainly flaws with the way WHO handled this pandemic… If we step away and cease funding because we’re worried about WHO being unduly influenced by Chinese funding and Chinese influence, by stepping away we’re only ensuring that China will have more influence.”

Victor Cha, National Security Council director of Asian affairs 2004 – 2007.

A new report from the Associated Press suggests China withheld critical information about the severity of COVID-19 as it gained speed. China's Foreign Minister said that "allegations of a cover-up or lack of transparency in China are groundless."


COVID-19 Patient Zero: CLICK HERE

The New Coronavirus: CLICK HERE

by Jenna Lee,