Time to defund the WHO

  • 21 April 2020
  • NormanL

The Trump administration has temporaryily suspended payments supporting the World Health Organization. While the move has drawn howls from the organization's defenders, the case for defunding the WHO has been decades in the making:

American taxpayers are the largest contributors to WHO’s approximately $2 billion budget. Like other UN organizations, the WHO is plagued by persistent wasteful spending, an utter disregard for transparency, pervasive incompetence, and a failure to adhere to even basic democratic standards. Its Western hemisphere subsidiary, the Pan American Health Organization, supports antidemocratic regimes and actually weakens public health rather than strengthens it, according to an opinion piece in the Wall Street Journal.

Why are incompetence and profligacy rife within the sprawling organization? In several respects, it's in the United NationsDNA.

We urge you to read the Mercatus Center op-ed in full, including this bit about the WHO's selective approach to health crises:

Under WHO’s polio eradication policy in Syria, healthcare workers were allowed to work only with the brutal, corrupt regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad, but not in rebel-held areas. Thus, although WHO was effective in containing polio within government territory, the disease was able to spread throughout rebel areas. In addition, the organization has been widely condemned for failing to raise the alarm about the dangers of Ebola in West Africa in 2014.

The WHO’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) routinely puts out alarmist reports that are contradicted by regulators worldwide. When a US congressional committee attempted to investigate charges of corruption and conflicts of interest, the IARC rebuffed the effort.

American taxpayers have no oblgation to support such an entity. Defund it permanently.