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ANA Calls on Leaders to Maintain US Participation in WHO


Shannon McClendon



Keziah Proctor



SILVER SPRING, MD – The following statement is attributable to American Nurses Association (ANA) President Ernest Grant, PhD, RN, FAAN:

"The American Nurses Association urges President Trump to reconsider his decision to terminate the United States’ relationship with the World Health Organization (WHO). This ill-considered action will have far-reaching consequences now and in the future. In April we spoke out against the decision to discontinue funding for WHO.   I want to emphasize the importance of cooperation among governments and the scientific and health care communities to halt the spread of the coronavirus and share tools, strategies, and solutions to mitigate its impact. Since it was founded in 1948, WHO has played an essential role in responding to public health crises around the world.  Now more than ever, is the time for the U.S. to stand firm and maintain its leadership role in global health. We join with other nursing organizations in strongly urging Congress and the Trump administration to preserve the United States’ participation in WHO." 

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