The US gave $893 million to WHO from 2018-2019, of which $237 million were assessed contributions, or annual dues governments pay to remain part of the member-based organization.
Polio eradication work constituted 27% of the US contributions, according to WHO Spokesperson Fadéla Chaib.
Kate Dodson, vice president for global health at the UN Foundation, said that the US still owes approximately $392 million to WHO through various multiyear cooperative agreements. Some of this money would carry over into WHO’s next fiscal year of 2022-2023.
When the US de-funded the UN Population Fund in 2017, it paused all future contributions.
Now, the worst-case scenario is that the US does not pay the money it already promised WHO, Dodson explained.
If the US were to pause all of its funding, or continue to pause all of its funding, the implications and the impacts at WHO would be varied over the course of the next few years. That’s because the US government and WHO have a multifaceted relationship.
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