92% of voters surveyed favor U.S. support of WHO, Better World Campaign poll shows

Published on January 18, 2013 at 3:59 AM · No Comments

A new poll (.pdf) released on Wednesday by the Better World Campaign (BWC) "found that 61 percent of voters see the WHO favorably and 92 percent say the United States should continue contributing money to the agency," The Hill's "Healthwatch" blog reports. "The BWC touted its figures and argued U.S. funding for global health efforts should remain a priority as Washington enters a standoff over the debt ceiling and automatic budget cuts known as sequestration," the blog writes, noting, "The U.S. contributed about 22 percent of the WHO's assessed budget for 2010 and 2011 and about 16 percent of its voluntary budget, according to the Government Accountability Office." The campaign wrote in a press release, "Presently, all global health funding faces potential cutbacks, with major budget cuts on the horizon due to sequestration and other fiscal pressures," the blog states, adding, "The BWC warned that a bid for Palestinian membership at the World Health Assembly in May could trigger a shutdown of U.S. funding for the WHO" (Viebeck, 1/16).

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