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DoH provides over €3.6m to WHO in two years

In 2016, the Department made assessed contributions to the WHO of €1.756 million. A further €43,714 was paid in respect of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control, while annual membership of the WHO European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies totalled €200,000.

This year, the Department has provided an assessed contributions of €1.442 million, with a further €32,122 paid towards

the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control. Annual membership of the WHO European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies totalled €200,010. Ireland draws “considerable benefit” from its membership of WHO, said a Department spokesperson.

“For example, Ireland is a strong supporter of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (ratified in 2005), which has been a very important and significant platform for many of the successful tobacco control public health measures introduced in Ireland,” stated the spokesperson.

In the context of international developments and multilateral engagement, Ireland has also developed a national strategic framework for health and social care workforce planning, “which is grounded in the principles of the WHO Global Code of Practice on the International Recruitment of Health Personnel”.

Figures for the cost of attending WHO conferences and meetings were “not readily available” for 2016 and 2017. However, the Department said expenditure for 2015 was indicative. That year, €11,199 was spent on sending 14 delegates to international conferences hosted by WHO.

Meanwhile, the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade provided voluntary core funding of €300,000 to WHO in 2016. In addition, €500,000 was provided in 2016 to the WHO’s Global Health Workforce Alliance.

“We have not yet provided any funding to WHO in 2017, but are in the process of finalising the design of a new partnership on universal health coverage and it is anticipated that funds for this programme will be released in late 2017/ early 2018 on the finalisation of the programme design and the signing of contract,” said its spokesperson.

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