Times of India: Gates Foundation, Biggest Contributor to WHO?

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation may have surpassed the U.S. government as the biggest voluntary contributor to the World Health Organization, according to an analysis by The Times of India reports.

For the financial period 2008-2009, the U.S. contributed USD424.5 million, while the Gates Foundation provided USD338.7 million, according to a 24-page World Health Organization briefing document. But the foundation also happens to provide financing to other WHO voluntary contributors such as the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization, Program for Appropriate Technology in Health, Johns Hopkins University, International Development Research Center, and Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.

Critics say that determining the priority of health goals and programs and, consequently, budget allocation at WHO is “heavily influenced by big donors and powerful member states,” the newspaper reports.

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  • Ma. Rizza Leonzon

    As a former staff writer, Rizza focused mainly on business coverage, including key donors such as the Asian Development Bank and AusAID.