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Consumer Choice Center: It’s time to Defund the World Health Organization

The Consumer Choice Center announces a new campaign focussing on transparency and efficient use of public funds in global public health:

“The World Health Organization (WHO) needs to focus on its core priority, responding to international health crises. Western democracies are the main funders of the WHO. Taxpayers in countries like the United States, Germany, and the United Kingdom should demand more transparency and accountability at the WHO.

If pariahs like Robert Mugabe and the Iranian government keep dominating this vital organization for global health, it might be time to defund the WHO, transfer some of its vital functions to a more effective organization such as the World Bank or start a new organization focusing on health crisis response.

Global health is too important to leave it in the hands of the current WHO,” said Fred Roeder, Health Economist and Managing Director of the Consumer Choice Center.

The campaign features social media graphics posted by CCC’s social media outlets, opinion pieces and interviews in traditional media, and roundtable events with consumers, regulators, and media.

Five reasons to #defundWHO:

1)    The WHO focuses more on fighting non-communicable diseases than on identifying and containing threats to global public health such as Ebola and Malaria.

2)    The WHO preaches openness but most decisions are taken behind closed doors and journalists are regularly being removed from Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) Conferences of the Parties.

3)    The WHO actively schmoozes with dictators like Robert Mugabe and colludes with regimes such as Vladimir Putin’s Russia to keep internal power structures afloat. Western taxpayers shoulder the bill of all this.

4)    The WHO has sky-high travel costs: The WHO spends $28,500 per staffer or the per capita GDP of developed countries like Spain or Italy on travel per year!

5)     The WHO loves to go on luxury trips in the name of public health: One example is a trip to the Seychelles for a workshop at the stunning Coral Strand Hotel. They hosted a regional African meeting on an island far away from nearly all African countries because of the Seychelles “comprehensive tobacco control laws.”