Statement on Defunding World Health Organization

    Statement on Defunding World Health Organization

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    The Forum of International Respiratory Societies urges governments around the world to continue to support the World Health Organization (WHO) in the fight against COVID-19.

    “More now than ever, the world’s nations need to band together and pool resources in order to fight this global pandemic.  Defunding WHO at such a critical time in our history is a dangerous step in the wrong direction.  FIRS urges the United States government and President Trump to immediately reconsider its decision,” said Stephanie Levine, MD President of FIRS.

    The Forum of International Respiratory Societies (FIRS) is an organisation comprised of the world's leading international respiratory societies working together to improve lung health globally: American College of Chest Physicians (CHEST), American Thoracic Society (ATS), Asian Pacific Society of Respirology (APSR), Asociación Latino Americana De Tórax (ALAT), European Respiratory Society (ERS), International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Diseases (The Union), Pan African Thoracic Society (PATS), Global Initiative for Asthma (GINA), and the Global Initiative for Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease (GOLD).

    The goal of FIRS is to unify and enhance efforts to improve lung health through the combined work of its more than 70,000 members globally.

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