Schubert Center Supports SRCD Statement on WHO Funding Decision

Recognizing the critical support that the World Health Organization (WHO) provides for vulnerable children, the Schubert Center supports the recent statement issued by The Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD), an international community of developmental scientists.  They strongly oppose the decision to withhold U.S. funding to support the work of the World Health Organization (WHO) on behalf of children.

The mission of the WHO is to “promote health, keep the world safe, and serve the vulnerable.” Its work is essential in fighting the COVID-19 pandemic, supporting children’s healthy development, and forging international cooperation. Its $4.8 billion annual budget represents the largest effort worldwide to improve the healthy development of children, families, and adults. The WHO can be credited with enormous progress over the past 30 years: The WHO has worked tirelessly and successfully to reduce the number of children in the world under age 5 who die each day. The WHO currently focuses on reducing the large disparities that continue, with over 80 percent of these deaths occurring in Sub-Saharan Africa and Central and South Asia, even though these regions account for only 52 percent of the global under-5 population. More than half of child deaths are preventable through psychosocial interventions, immunizations, and improvement of health systems.

During this global pandemic, all the world’s children are threatened, but the “vulnerable,” that is those living in communities where basic nutrition, healthcare, and parental care are not guaranteed, are at urgent risk. Visit the SRCD website to read the full statement.