WHO publishes first investment case to save up to 30 million lives


  • Mary Corcoran
  • Univadis Medical News
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The World Health Organization (WHO) has this week published its first investment case, and in doing so, has described how it will work with governments and partners to save up to 30 million lives, add up to 100 million years of healthy living to the world’s population, and add up to 4 per cent of economic growth in low and middle-income countries by 2023.

The WHO’s five-year plan is focused on achieving its 'Triple Billion' target, which states that by 2023, one billion more people will benefit from universal health coverage, one billion more people will be better protected from health emergencies, and one billion more people will enjoy better health and well-being.

According to the investment case, achieving these results will require funding of approximately €12 billion from 2019 to 2023, representing a 14 per cent increase in WHO’s base budget over the previous five-year period.

“This is the first time we have estimated the results we could achieve and the impact we could deliver with the right resources,” said Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO Director-General. “Our investment case isn’t only about investing in an institution, it’s about investing in people, and in the healthier, safer, fairer world we all want.”