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US exit may hit WHO’s India work

​The US is the largest donor to the WHO with a contribution of $400 million in 2018-19. WHO India’s country budget was reported to be a little above $100 million. An official aware of the development of WHO India office said there would be a short-term impact on the finances of the country office.

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Last Updated: Jun 02, 2020, 07.04 AM IST
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Mumbai: The US withdrawal from the World Health Organization might hurt WHO work in the field of tuberculosis and other immunisation programs in India as financials show India along with a few African countries was the recipient of a bulk of American contribution.

The US is the largest donor to the WHO with a contribution of $400 million in 2018-19. WHO India’s country budget was reported to be a little above $100 million. An official aware of the development of WHO India office said there would be a short-term impact on the finances of the country office.

An email sent to WHO India office remained unanswered. Leena Menghaney, a lawyer with Doctors without Borders, told ET, "I think we need WHO more than before as we get ready to negotiate access of critical drugs and vaccines for Covid-19 for low and middle income countries.”
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