Launch of WHO investment case sparks expressions of support and pledges to sustainably fund four-year strategy

WHO on Tuesday presented an investment case laying out the Organization’s essential contribution to global health and seeking investments in its 2025-2028 strategy to save 40 million lives and improve the health of 6 billion people.

The investment case underpins the WHO Investment Round, which began on Sunday and has garnered many strong expressions of support, commitments from co-hosting countries and a series of initial pledges building momentum towards the completion of the Investment Round later this year.

Statements of support and funding commitments came from Member States and the European Union during Tuesday’s launch event at a strategic roundtable at the 77th World Health Assembly (WHA77).

“I thank Brazil, which will host the Investment Round as President of the G20, together with co-hosts France, Germany and Norway, and Mauritania in its capacity as President of the African Union,” said WHO Director-General, Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus. speaking at Tuesday’s event. “I also thank the G7 finance ministers, who recently called for increased funding for the WHO through the Investment Round. And I thank all Member States and other donors for their voluntary contributions, especially those who already provide predictable and flexible funding.”

The 40-page investment case is rich with data and examples of WHO’s achievements – from women’s health to antimicrobial resistance (AMR) and the elimination of infectious diseases – and shows how the Organization amplifies impact of its work to generate a return of US$35 for every US$1 of investment and sets out what can be achieved if WHO receives sustainable funding.

WHO’s strategy for global health, the General Program of Work (GPW 14), approved on Tuesday, calls for deep collaboration with Member States and partners on a broad scope of health needs in an era of climate change , geopolitical turbulence, mass migrations and other complex challenges.

Expressions of support, promises of financing.

With the Investment Round, WHO is not asking for more funds, but for voluntary contributions ahead of the four-year strategy to ensure it can be fully implemented. Member State assessments cover only part of the costs of WHO-approved activities; The Investment Round is raising funds to cover a $7.1 billion shortfall.

During the event, Singapore’s Health Minister Ong Ye Kung announced the country’s contribution of US$24 million ($18 million) to the Investment Round. Ireland’s Health Minister Stephen Donnelly announced that the country would immediately bring forward its assessed contribution to 2028-2029 levels by committing additional flexible funding.

The European Union also reaffirmed its commitment to the WHO.

We want to see a WHO with sustainable, responsible and effective financing. I am proud to announce today, as part of the WHO Investment Round, a contribution from the European Commission of more than €250 million,” said Commissioner for International Partnerships Jutta Urpilainen in a video speech.

On Sunday, during the launch of the Investment Round, the Philanthropy Institute pledged $1.2 million for the health of migrants and displaced populations affected by climate change.

What the WHO will do in the period 2025-2028

The investment case breaks down how the activities outlined in GPW 14 will save 40 million lives by focusing on health emergencies, antimicrobial resistance, maternal and child health, infectious diseases, non-communicable diseases, vaccination, effects of climate change and risk factors, including tobacco and alcohol. , physical activity and diet.

The WHO strategy 2025-2028 is based on the Organization’s continued commitment to promote, provide and protect health; In text, data and graphics, the investment case provides examples of the activities that will support that commitment over the next four years.

These include bringing solar electrification to 10,000 health centers so that they are fully functional; support 55 countries in the education and employment of 3.2 million health workers; increase the number of vaccines delivered to priority countries; providing access to health services to more than 150 million people in humanitarian settings in 30 countries; helping 84 countries achieve goals to eliminate malaria, mother-to-child transmission of HIV and other diseases; detect and act against 30 health threats per month; strengthen access to timely and reliable health data; and prequalify 400 health products per year.

Over the past five years, WHO has helped countries apply the latest science and health practices with measurable results: 1.2 billion people live healthier lives thanks to reduced risks and healthier environments; nearly 430 million more people are covered by essential health services without financial hardship; and 600 million people are better protected against health emergencies. These results were achieved with an annual budget of $2.75 billion, or less than $0.35 per person.

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