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U.S. Statement at WHO EB on WHA75.11 (Item 15)
As Delivered by Ambassador Bathsheba Crocker
January 25, 2024

U.S. Statement at the World Health Organization’s

Session of the Executive Board on Implementation of Resolution WHA75.11 (Item 15)

As Delivered by Ambassador Bathsheba Crocker

Geneva, Switzerland 

Thank you, Chair.

The United States thanks the Director-General for this report.  As we near the two-year anniversary of Russia’s unprovoked and unjustified full-scale invasion of Ukraine, we continue to condemn that invasion the strongest terms.

The humanitarian crisis caused by Russia’s aggression is indefensible.  We abhor and strongly condemn Russia’s relentless attacks that have caused unspeakable harm to civilians and critical infrastructure in Ukraine, including over 1400 WHO-verified attacks on health care, nearly 1300 of which impacted facilities.

We were pleased to work closely with WHO to reprogram existing U.S. voluntary contribution funds to provide timely chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, and highyield explosives training and supplies to pertinent hospital staff in frontline oblasts.

We support WHO’s efforts to improve coordination with humanitarian stakeholders at the Health Cluster level.  We encourage WHO to continue to focus on increased coordination via the Health Cluster mechanism to improve the efficiency of health equipment distribution.

We thank WHO and its partners providing access to lifesaving supplies and services to affected communities and health workers.

WHO is well placed to support efforts to expand the inclusion of refugees from Ukraine into host governments’ national health systems, and we welcome this work continuing.

We request the Secretariat to update the Director General’s report on the health emergency in Ukraine and surrounding regions for the 77th World Health Assembly in May.  The updates will be crucial to fully understanding the impact of Russia’s aggression on Ukraine’s health system and related relief efforts. 

Our partnership with, and commitment to, the people of Ukraine is steadfast and enduring.

Thank you, Chair.