The South African Government has made a plea to the United States after the announcement by President Donald Trump that they would stop funding WHO during the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic. The U.S accused WHO of mismanaging the allocation of funds aimed at fighting the COVID -19. Trump also criticized WHO for being in favor of China, who contributed 40 million dollars to the World Health Organization last year, compared to the U.S contribution of 400 million dollars.
The Department of International relations in South Africa announced that it was concerned by the move, for it would negatively affect WHO’s capacity to fund African countries and the rest of the world adequately. As mentioned by WHO’s regional director for Africa, Matshidiso Moeti, most countries, including South Africa, are vulnerable and would suffer the most as the Coronavirus takes a toll. As a result, they urged the U.S government not to withdraw its funding to enable the WHO to make full funding to such African countries to allow them to combat the spread of the Coronavirus effectively.
The South African government was hopeful that the U.S would reconsider their decision as the world unites in fighting the Coronavirus pandemic.