The World Health Organization (WHO), governments and global health leaders have joined calls for improving partnerships and resourcing to support WHO’s mission to deliver care, services and protection for billions of people by 2023.
The call to action was made at the inaugural two-day WHO Partners Forum, which took place in Sweden earlier this week, where stakeholders came together to launch a new era of collaboration and innovation around WHO’s resource needs. Under the organisation’s 13th General Programme of Work, WHO needs US$14.1 billion between now and 2023.
Peter Eriksson, Sweden’s Minister for International Development Cooperation said: “The first WHO Partners Forum is a historic moment for honest discussions on tackling modern global health threats. If the world is to meet current and future health challenges, we need to ensure WHO is equipped and supported to be able to lead the global response.”
Sweden’s Minister for Health and Social Affairs, Lena Hallengren, said while great advances have been made in global public health in recent decades, new threats are putting communities, countries and economies at risk. “Countries and health partners alike must collaborate even closer to respond to health challenges,” said Ms Hallengren.