April 20, 2020

Media Alert: AIHA Urges White House to Resume United States’ Funding of World Health Organization

What: The American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA) is calling upon the White House to resume the United States’ funding for the World Health Organization, after President Donald Trump announced on April 15 to cut off new funding for the organization due to its handling of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Why: We face the global threat of COVID-19 united as a world. In our response, we must be guided by science, data, and the best professional judgement. The virus knows no geographic, social, or economic boundaries, and so our response must be coordinated across industries and nations. In this fight, the WHO serves as a hub for information sharing and coordinating international response efforts. For these reasons, AIHA urges President Donald Trump to resume the United States’ funding of the WHO.

Where: For additional information about the White House’s decision to cutoff new funding for the WHO, please visit the White House’s website. For more information on the U.S.’s role in international organizations’ response to COVID-19, please visit U.S. Department of State’s website.

Who: Founded in 1939, AIHA is a nonprofit organization serving professionals dedicated to the anticipation, recognition, evaluation, control, and confirmation of environmental stressors in or arising from the workplace that may result in injury, illness, or impairment, or affect the well-being of workers and members of the community. AIHA provides comprehensive education programs and other products and services that help its members maintain the highest professional standards. More than half of AIHA's nearly 8,500 members are Certified Industrial Hygienists, and many hold other professional designations. AIHA serves as a resource for those employed in the industrial, consulting, academic, and government sectors.

Contact: For additional information, contact Mark Ames, AIHA's director of government relations.