Bashing the World Health Organization seems like a popular thing for some folks to do these days.
Mostly the bashing is coming from folks who don’t know what they are talking about…
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For one thing, not only did the World Health Organization issue warnings about COVID-19 in early January, they have been warning about global pandemics for some time.
“Few doubt that major epidemics and pandemics will strike again and few would argue that the world is adequately prepared. Since the 2013–2016 Ebola virus disease outbreak in western Africa, the United States National Academy of Medicine and several other groups have pointed to gaps, and the need for greater investment, in preparation against epidemics and pandemics, of Ebola virus disease and other infectious diseases.”Fan et al on Pandemic risk: how large are the expected losses?
And over and over, they concluded that “for the global good,” we should all make sure we are prepared for the next pandemic.
That’s why they created the Global Preparedness Monitoring Board in 2017 and worked to prepare the world for the next pandemic, even as their budget kept getting cut and they found that “the vast majority of countries currently have low or moderate levels of national preparedness.”
Unfortunately, even as some countries did listen, their work was eventually undone…
“The investments made after the 2014 Ebola crisis have been slashed in recent proposed federal budgets from the Centers for Disease Control, the agency that works to stop deadly diseases in their tracks, and the U.S. Agency for International Development, which responds to international disasters, including the Ebola outbreak. Moreover, Timothy Ziemer, the top White House official in charge of pandemic preparedness, has left his job, and the biosecurity office he ran was summarily disbanded.”The Next Pandemic Will Be Arriving Shortly
Of course, the WHO doesn’t just work on pandemics.
“WHO began when our Constitution came into force on 7 April 1948 – a date we now celebrate every year as World Health Day. We are now more than 7000 people from more than 150 countries working in 150 country offices, in 6 regional offices and at our headquarters in Geneva.”Who we are
Remember, they do a lot to keep the world safe, with programs covering everything from aging and air pollution to polio eradication and Zika control.
“WHO has developed its first ever investment case with an ask of US$ 14.14 billion for 2019-2023. This is the amount WHO needs to deliver on its five-year strategy and its ambitious triple billion target: WHO will work to provide a billion more people with universal health coverage, protect a billion more people from health emergencies and bring a further billion people better health and well-being.”Invest in WHO to invest in Health for All
And that’s why, now more than ever, we should be investing more money in the World Health Organization and other public health organizations.
Or we can just wait and hope we can handle the next public health crisis that hits us…
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