May 27, 2020 | 4:09 pm

The World Health Organization (WHO) is preparing to create a foundation with new sources of financing, including contributions from the general population.

This foundation arises as an independent entity for the granting of subsidies that support the efforts of the organization.

It is intended to address the world’s most pressing health challenges by raising new funds from “non-traditional sources,” said WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.

In mid-April, the United States suspended this year’s funding to the WHO, after President Donald Trump complained about the handling of the coronavirus pandemic by the world body, which he accused of being focused on China.

Likewise, the US president this month threatened to totally suspend the financing of the organism’s main donor if he did not commit to carrying out reforms within 30 days.

The WHO recently warned about the risks of a second wave of COVID-19 infections if prevention measures are relaxed.

Despite this adverse scenario, Tedros assured that the creation of the WHO Foundation is not related at all to these recent financial problems to continue its operation.

The WHO chief reiterated this month that the agency’s annual budget of about $ 2.3 billion was “very, very small” for a global agency, roughly equivalent to that of a medium-sized hospital in the developed world.

Among other revelations, he assured that the sources of funds were too uncertain, since they depended excessively on ‘flexible financing’.

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