The World Health Organization (WHO) - Budget



For 1949, the first year of WHO's existence, its regular budget amounted to US $5 million. A regular working budget of US $842,654,000 was approved by the World Health Assembly for the 2002–03 biennium, unchanged from the previous three budgets. As of 30 November 2002, the rate of collection of annual contributions in respect of the regular budget was lower than in 2001. WHO reported that among programs supported were the following: malaria prevention and control; addressing the global AIDS pandemic; control of a resurgence of tuberculosis; fighting cancer, cardiovascular diseases and diabetes, especially in poor and transitional economies; addressing the health and economic aspects of tobacco; maternal health; food safety; mental health; safe blood programs, to fight HIV/AIDS and deal with the growing disease burden among women, children, and accident and trauma victims; and development of effective and sustainable health systems. WHO's emergency and humanitarian relief operations also received additional funds, reflecting the increased demands by the world community on all UN organizations to respond to natural and man-made disasters.

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