CHA head urges Trump not to pull US out of World Health Organisation
The head of the Catholic Health Association has urged President Donald Trump to reconsider his decision to pull the United States out of the United Nations’ World Health Organisation.
“Withdrawing from the organisation at the height of the pandemic is counterproductive and only ensures that the US will have little influence on these efforts” to reform WHO, said Mercy Sr Mary Haddad, the CHA’s president and CEO, in a letter to Trump, dated 22nd June. “Indeed, now is the time to stand in solidarity with those in need around the world to save lives and provide hope.”
Sr Mary noted that “for over 100 years, through yellow fever, the flu of 1918 and up to today, Catholic health providers have been at the front line of addressing global pandemics.”
Thanks in part to “global cooperation through WHO,” she said, “our nation and the world have been able to combat Ebola, smallpox, polio, rubella, measles, bird flu, HIV/AIDS and a wide variety of communicable and noncommunicable diseases. The success of these efforts has not only saved lives around the world, but also saved millions of lives here in the United States.”
Sr Mary said in her letter, “We increasingly hear from our sister Catholic organisations in other regions of the world looking for information and resources on how best to prepare and respond to Covid-19.”
Picture: President Donald Trump. (CNS photo/Jonathan Ernst, Reuters).