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Some €1,947,434 was provided to the WHO by the Department in 2015, up from €1,668,638 in 2014.
Last year’s total included an annual contribution of €1,747,433 (up from €1,468,628 in 2014) and €200,000 for membership of the European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies (compared to €200,010 in 2014).
WHO-related expenditure in 2016 (to June) by the Department was €243,714. This included €200,000 for membership of the European Observatory and €43,714 towards the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control. The annual contribution for 2016 was not included in the figures.
In total, funding from the Department of Health to WHO from 2014 to June 2016 was €3,859,787.
The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade also provides funding to the WHO. Figures supplied to MI from 2014 to date totalled €5.35 million. This included €500,000 in 2014, 2015 and 2016 to the WHO’s Global Health Workforce Alliance, and €1 million in 2014 and €400,000 in 2015 to the Global Polio Eradication Initiative.
The Department has also provided voluntary core funding to the WHO as follows: €1.150 million in 2014; €1 million in 2015; and €300,000 in 2016.
According to the Department of Health, the WHO has a number of entities that work to ensure “funding is spent appropriately”.
Neither of the Departments seconded staff to the WHO during this period. Hawkins House reported that Ireland had not received funding from the WHO within the same time frame.
The Department of Health makes Ireland’s annual assessed contribution to the WHO and leads on the management of this country’s overall relationship with the Organisation.
Expenditure incurred by the Department of Health in 2015, in respect of sending delegates to WHO meetings, conferences and seminars, etc, amounted to €11,199. This figure included conference fees for attendance and individual travel and subsistence claims by staff, stated the Department. It concerned 14 delegates.
The conferences/meetings attended included the WHO Executive Board meeting in Geneva; WHO Euro Regional Committee meeting in Vilnius; various conferences/meetings hosted by the WHO on systems financing in Barcelona; on health and wellbeing in Zurich and Paris; on tobacco in Moscow; on food safety in Bonn; and on infant formulae in Geneva.