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We must follow Trump and cut off the WHO cash


THE Covid-19 crisis has revealed that many of the money-guzzling international organisations are worse than useless, the chief candidate for censure right now being the World Health Organisation (WHO). Affiliated to the UN, the WHO has proved itself to be little more than a propaganda mouthpiece for China, as Bruce Newsome pointed out in TCW last week. 

The WHO consists of 194 member states, including the UK. The head office is in Geneva, an expensive city where delegates and employees live in luxury, funded by some of the world’s poorest taxpayers. The organisation has, in recent years, been proved to be chronically corrupt, consistently pandering to tyrannical regimes and despots. 

So why does the West continue to fund it? In 2018 the US was the largest funder of the WHO, followed by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. The UK was the third-largest. 

According to the WHO’s list of ‘assessed contributions’ for March 2020, China pays £23million and Britain £8.75million. But these figures are deceptive. Assessed contributions make up only a portion of membership fees. Money also flows to the WHO in the form of voluntary contributions by member states. 

In 2018, through this scheme, China gave the WHO £5,048,268 while the UK paid £164,085,207, over 32 times as much. China was only the 16th-largest contributor but that comparatively lowly position doesn’t reflect the grip it has on the WHO.

The WHO’s total budget for 2018 was £2,195million. That’s a lot of money for an organisation which failed miserably in the one essential job that it exists for, preventing a global pandemic. This is not the first time it has dropped the pandemic ball either. Six years ago the WHO failed to stop Ebola from ravaging central Africa. As with Covid-19, the WHO neglected to sound the alarm in time, and Ebola killed around 11,300.

The WHO has instead been obsessed with climate change. Following the dictates of the UN’s 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the WHO has squandered millions on vanity projects and endless symposiums, meetings and conferences on climate change. At its core this agenda runs a reverse Robin Hood scheme, taking money from poor Western taxpayers and giving it to some of the world’s wealthiest despots. 

In 2017 I wrote in TCW: 

 ‘Under the guise of the Kyoto Protocol the UN established the UNFCCC Adaptation Fund and the Clean Development Mechanics (CDM) to finance, mainly by the West, climate-change projects in developing countries. The UN claims these developing countries cannot reduce carbon emissions on their own as they can’t afford it. I am sure some developing countries fit this criterion, but the two countries which benefit most from CDMs are China and North Korea. If China has enough money for its colonial project in Africa then it certainly can finance its own climate change facilities.’

When it comes to the UN and the WHO, all roads lead to China. The WHO is not immune from Israel-bashing either, singling out the Jewish state out for criticism.

It’s obvious that the WHO is no longer an independent health organisation but a politicised outfit which attacks the West and cosies up to Islamic states, African dictators and China. How else can the appointment of its Director General, the Ethiopian politician and academic Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, be explained? His shilling for China is now well known. But why didn’t his prior behaviour raise red flags for the WHO’s member states?

Only a few days ago the Telegraph published an uncritical and sympathetic profile of him. 

Yet in 2017 Ghebreyesus praised Zimbabwe for ‘providing health care for all’, an outright lie given how Robert Mugabe’s regime destroyed public hospitals and neglected to pay nurses. He appointed Mugabe as a Goodwill Ambassador for the WHO. This gross misjudgment led to an outcry and and the appointment was rescinded. Yet the US and UK continued to fund an organisation corrupted by politics and money, and far removed from its original remit. 

How much evidence does the British government need to wake up from its slumber and stop throwing good money after bad? President Donald Trump is correct in his decision to withdraw funding from the WHO. If it doesn’t take a global pandemic for the UK to do the same, then what will?

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Karen Harradine
Karen Harradine
Karen is an anthropologist and freelance journalist. She writes on anti-Semitism, Israel and spirituality. She is @KarenH777on Twitter.

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