Published September 2019
Improving the World Health Organizations financing
By Brian Elliot and Maximilian Sandbaek

Brian Elliott is Chief, Coordinated Resource Mobilization and Donor Analytics at the World Health Organization.

Maximilian Sandbaek is Technical Officer at the World Health Organization.

WHO’s primary role is to direct international health within the United Nations system and to lead partners in global health responses.

The authors are staff members of the World Health Organization.The authors alone are responsible for the views expressed in this article and they do not necessarily represent the decisions, policy or views of the World Health Organization.

The World Health Organization (WHO) has launched an ambitious five-year strategic plan through its 13th General Programme of Work (GPW) 2019-2023, which was approved by the Seventy-First World Health Assembly in May 2018 (resolution WHA71.1). With its mission to ‘Promote health, keep the world safe, serve the vulnerable’, the GPW 13 outlines a clear vision for achieving three strategic priorities through its triple billion targets:

  • achieving universal health coverage – 1 billion more people benefiting from universal health coverage;
  • addressing health emergencies – 1 billion more people better protected from health emergencies; and
  • promoting healthier populations – 1 billion more people enjoying better health and wellbeing.