The US president Donald TRUMP has ordered yesterday 15th April 2020 a halt in funding to the World Health Organization. This decision has been stressed many authorities all over the world and the WHO Director General Dr Tedros ,in a press briefing said he is regretting the decision.
During the Press conference Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus reminded the main objectives of nations when they decided to establish the United Nations , and particularly its health department .
He says “When the nations of the world met to form the United Nations in 1945, one of the first things they discussed was establishing an organization to protect and promote the health of the world’s people. They expressed that desire in the constitution of WHO, which says that the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of health is one of the fundamental rights of every human being, without distinction of race, religion, political belief, economic or social condition.”
Talking to the decision of the president US Donald TRUMP, Dr Tedros said that US has been a long standing and generous friend to WHO and he hopes “it will continue to be so”
World Health Organization’s Boss talked about different activities run by the organization especially during this World crisis period caused by COVID 19.
He said ‘COVID-19 does not discriminate between rich nations and poor, large nations and small. It does not discriminate between nationalities, ethnicity or ideologies. Neither do we. This is a time for all of us to be united in our common struggle against a common threat – a dangerous enemy.”
Dr Tedros added “When we are divided, the virus exploits the cracks between us. We are committed to serving the world’s people, and to accountability for the resources with which we are entrusted.”
WHO is grateful to the many nations, organizations and individuals who have expressed their support and commitment in recent days, including their financial commitment? Tedros recognized all of them saying “solidarity is the rule of the game to defeat COVID-19.’
Tedros concluded that WHO is reviewing the impact on its work of any withdrawal of U.S. funding and will work with its partners to fill any financial gaps it will face to ensure that work continues uninterrupted. “Our commitment to public health, science and to serving all the people of the world without fear or favor remains absolute. “He noted
By Valentin UMUHIRE