Administration News Trump Administration continues WHO withdrawal with reprogramming of funds The Trump Administration announced it would reprogram the remaining Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 and 2020 assessed contributions to the World Health Organization (WHO). The decision to reprogram $80 million in assessed contributions will impede the WHO’s ability to respond to COVID-19 and other long-term…

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Administration News Trump Administration reaffirms withdrawal plan from WHO In a statement released by the Department of State, the Trump Administration announced steps to complete the process of withdrawal from the World Health Organization. They announced the remaining portion of the 2020 assessment, upwards of $62 million USD, will be reprogrammed to the UN to…

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Administration News State Department updates U.S. global response to COVID-19 On July 29, the State Department provided an update on the U.S. funding commitments  for the global response to COVID-19. The update highlights and breaks down the allocated $20.5 billion that has gone towards the international response. Secretary Azar: Any vaccine would be shared once…

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Congressional News House State and Foreign Operations Appropriations Last week, the House passed H.R. 7608, a minibus consisting of four fiscal year (FY) 2021 appropriations bills: State-Foreign Operations (SFOPs); Agriculture-Rural Development-FDA; Interior-Environment; and Military Construction and Veterans Affairs. A full summary of the bill is available here. The bill provides $65.87 billion in funding, an…

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WHO Advocacy On July 6, the United States Government moved forward with the termination of its relationship with the World Health Organization (WHO). Please access our WHO Advocacy Page for the most up-to-date information about the global health community’s efforts to support the work of the WHO and urging the Trump Administration to reconsider the…

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Global Health Council released the following statement in response to the recent news that the Trump Administration has begun the process to officially terminate its relationship with the World Health Organization. Washington, D.C. (July 7, 2020) – Global Health Council opposes the Trump Administration’s decision to terminate its relationship with the World Health Organization (WHO).…

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International News UK DFID & FCO Merger Recently, Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced that the Department for International Development (DFID) and the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) would merge into a new department, the Foreign, Commonwealth, and Development Office to be led by the Foreign Secretary. You can find additional information about what this merger…

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WHO Advocacy Community Statement of Support Global Health Council, in coordination with Action for Global Health, CSEM of UHC2030, RESULTS, and WACI Heath, shared a sign-on statement expressing continued support for the World Health Organization (WHO) and the role it plays as an international convener and effective resource. Roughly 200 organizations and 175 individuals signed…

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Racism is a Global Health Issue  Last week, GHC and other organizations across our network issued calls to action for our community, in light of recent violence. As public health professionals, we must use our voice to call out the disparities we see in the U.S. and around the world. Further, we must motivate ourselves…

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Global Health Council (GHC) released the following statement in response to the Trump Administration’s announcement of its intention to terminate its relationship with the World Health Organization (WHO). Washington, D.C. (May 29, 2020) – WHO plays a vital role not only in the current COVID-19 pandemic, but in helping countries around the world prevent, treat,…

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