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New from CFR: Yanzhong Huang on the WHO

by Development Channel Staff
August 6, 2012

A health worker gets a single dose of influenza vaccine in Mandaluyong City in the Philippines on April 26, 2010. At least 1.9 million doses of Influenza A (H1N1) vaccines donated by the World Health Organization (WHO) will be used to vaccinate more than 36,000 health workers, as part of the country's response to the pandemic. A health worker gets a single dose of influenza vaccine in Mandaluyong City in the Philippines on April 26, 2010. At least 1.9 million doses of Influenza A (H1N1) vaccines donated by the World Health Organization (WHO) will be used to vaccinate more than 36,000 health workers, as part of the country's response to the pandemic.

Writing last week in the New York Times International Weekly, CFR Senior Fellow Yanzhong Huang analyzed the World Health Organization’s position in the changing field of global health. Even as the WHO struggles to tackle both longstanding and novel health threats, Huang wrote, it is attracting few resources from the world’s rising powers:

One would expect these countries with growing financial prowess and health burdens to invest significantly more in global health. Yet their contributions are limited. The total share of contribution by the BRICS countries to the W.H.O. for its 2012-13 regular budget is only 7.3 percent.

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