Letters Future of WHO

Reversing the WHO crisis: transparent priority matching of global needs with donor objectives

BMJ 2012; 345 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.e7815 (Published 19 November 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;345:e7815
  1. Mahiben Maruthappu, Kennedy scholar1,
  2. Callum Williams, Joseph Hodges Choate memorial fellow1
  1. 1Harvard University, Cambridge, MA 02138, USA
  1. maruthappu{at}post.harvard.edu

Since its creation in 1948, the World Health Organization has been involved in a variety of successful global health initiatives. Legge identifies the “substantial shortfall in the funds available for basic administrative functions” that is now limiting WHO’s effectiveness.1 He stresses that the three decade freeze on “assessed contributions” has left WHO beholden to voluntary donors and recommends persuading member states to “untie” their donations to increase WHO’s …

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