WHO issues USD 1.5bn appeal to secure global health

WHO issues USD 1.5bn appeal to secure global health
WHO projects higher expenditure on health emergencies due to natural disasters

By Ramson Muhairwe

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has issued a global appeal for USD 1.5 billion in 2024, aiming to shore up healthcare support for people grappling with emergencies worldwide. This urgent plea comes as Director-General, Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus warns that escalating disasters threaten the WHO's ability to tackle global health threats.

With an estimated 166 million people globally requiring life-saving humanitarian health assistance, the WHO intends to bolster its reach to the most vulnerable populations caught in crises. The appeal, which targets the international community, is seeking collective action to guarantee health for all, particularly those facing emergencies.

The USD 1.5 billion funding request will enable the WHO to significantly expand its emergency response, ensuring vital healthcare services reach those in need. The funds will be used to deploy medical teams, provide essential medicines and supplies, and implement preventive measures to curb disease outbreaks in crisis-affected areas.

"We must rise to the challenge," Dr Tedros stated. "Together with our health cluster partners, we aim to reach around 87 million people with vital humanitarian assistance."

As the world navigates an alarming rise in disasters, the WHO's call for financial support highlights the critical need for a unified global response to safeguard the health and well-being of all individuals.

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