Standing in Solidarity with the World Health Organization

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June 3, 2020


Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus
World Health Organization Headquarters
Avenue Appia 20
1211, Geneva 27


Cc: WHO Staff Worldwide


Dear Dr. Tedros,

As U.S.-based public health research, academic, and advocacy organizations, representing millions of people across the country, we write to express our solidarity with the World Health Organization (WHO) and your individual staff and teams around the world. We thank you for the WHO’s efforts to rapidly and effectively prevent the spread of COVID‐19.

We are deeply disappointed by the U.S. government's decision to play politics with public health and safety by slandering the WHO’s vital work in combating the global coronavirus pandemic and subsequently terminating U.S. government funding to the organization. We reject our government’s decision to end U.S. contributions to the WHO, because we recognize the harms that doing so will cause to the global community’s ability to both combat the coronavirus pandemic and safeguard global health and public safety in the future.  

The WHO’s role as an international convener of researchers, public health practitioners, scientists, and governments is more critical now than ever. We are grateful to the WHO and its leadership for prioritizing scientific evidence and unity over misinformation and conjecture, for operationalizing such priorities with campaigns like the Solidarity Clinical Trial, and for continuing to center the health and rights of women, people living with HIV, and other marginalized groups in recommendations for mitigating the harm of the coronavirus pandemic.

Thank you again for the invaluable work undertaken by the WHO. We stand in solidarity with you, and the frontline health care workers around the world, doing everything possible to save lives during this pandemic.


Advancing Research on Community Health Systems, Heilbrunn Department of Population and Family Health, Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health

American Jewish World Service

American Public Health Association

American Sexual Health Association


Bread for the World

Catholics for Choice

Center for Reproductive Rights

Center for Sexuality and Health Disparities, University of Michigan

CHANGE (Center for Health and Gender Equity)

Children's HeartLink

Council for Global Equality

Department of Epidemiology and Population Health, Stanford University 

DKT International

Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation

Georgetown University O'Neill Institute for National & Global Health Law

The Global Health Justice Partnership (GHJP) at Yale Law School / Yale School of Public Health

Global Health Strategies

Global Health Technologies Coalition

Global Justice Center

The Global Justice Institute

Global Network of Black People Working in HIV

Global Water 2020

Global Women's Institute at George Washington University 

Gruber Program for Global Justice and Women's Rights, Yale Law School

Guttmacher Institute

Gynuity Health Projects

Heartland Alliance International

Heilbrunn Department of Population and Family Planning, Columbia University, Mailman School of Public Health

HIV Medicine Association

Housing Works

Human Rights Campaign


Ibis Reproductive Health

Infectious Diseases Society of America

International Center for Research on Women (ICRW)

International Partnership for Microbicides

International Pediatric Association

International Planned Parenthood Federation / Western Hemisphere Region (IPPF/WHR)

International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease

International Women's Health Coalition


John Snow, Inc. (JSI)

Management Sciences for Health

Medical IMPACT

MPact Global Action for Gay Men's Health and Rights

NARAL Pro-Choice America


National Birth Equity Collaborative 

OutRight Action International


Pathfinder International

Planned Parenthood Global

Population Council

Population Institute



Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University

The Sabin Vaccine Institute

Seed Global Health

TB Alliance

Treatment Action Group

US People Living with HIV Caucus

White Ribbon Alliance

Women Deliver

Women's Refugee Commission

Woodhull Freedom Foundation

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