Tuesday, 28 April 2020 08:26

ISN stands with the WHO

The International Society of Nephrology (ISN), with its mission to improve kidney health worldwide and ensure that all people have equitable access to sustainable kidney health, has noted with concern the decision by President Donald Trump to suspend funding to the World Health Organization (WHO).

As an organization in official relations with the WHO, the ISN recognises the important role played by the agency in promoting the message of essential healthcare and universal health coverage to all people around the world through a range of activities that include coordinating the global response to infectious disease outbreaks, ensuring system-level response to care with protection of the worst off through optimal sharing of expertise, and better access to diagnostics and medicines.

The global healthcare community has appreciated the constant support by the United States of America to WHO. Withdrawal of support would seriously destabilise the ongoing global response to the COVID-19 pandemic, especially in terms of protection to the poorest and the most vulnerable. We also need to support and work together with the WHO to ensure that the health systems around the world are able to support fully also the patients with pre-existing chronic conditions, including kidney disease. The ISN, representing the global kidney health community, stands with the WHO and reiterates the need for a global health agency more than ever.

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