In response to President Donald Trump’s announcement that the U.S. will be withdrawing from the World Health Organization (WHO), Dr. Jennifer Horney and Dr. William Farquhar, both of the University of Delaware’s College of Health Sciences, recently wrote an article for The News Journal to provide their opinions on the issue.
Horney is a professor and the Founding Director of the Epidemiology Program at UD and Farquhar is a professor in the Department of Kinesiology and Applied Physiology at UD.
Horney and Farquhar argue that the move comes at a time when the United States cannot afford more isolation from global health partners. They emphasize the critical role that the WHO has played in coordinating the response to and defeating past outbreaks.
“We enter a period characterized by the emergence of a variety of new threats — emerging infectious diseases like West Nile, SARS, MERS, Zika and Ebola, intentional chemical or biologic attacks from both state and non-state actors, and increasingly frequent and severe natural disasters — all while still fighting the scourge of chronic diseases,” they write.
“Funding for public health emergency preparedness, which includes funding for state and local public health as well as hospital preparedness, is half of what it was in 2004. More money, not less, is needed for public health here in the U.S. and in the world. And more global cooperation, not less, is needed to combat pandemics.”
You can read the full article here.