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Jose Luis Castro
Jose Luis Castro,CEO,Vital Strategies

Vital Strategies-Resolves to Save Lives Intervene,

Appeals to President Trump to back Track

 Report: Mohammed Abu,ADM,Accra

 Vital Strategies,a global health organization and  Resolve to Save Lives, a five-year, $225 million initiative funded by Bloomberg Philanthropies,et al, have called on US President Trump to rescind his decision regarding the country’s exit from the World Health Organisation(WHO).

José Luis Castro, President and CEOVital Strategies,cautioned that ,covid-19  global emergency is far from over.and for that matter,any decision to terminate the U.S. relationship with the WHO will only stall the global collaboration and cooperation needed to control the virus.

“There will be plenty of time for assigning blame, but now is not that time. We cannot bear the risk of more lives at stake.” he intimated..

Mr.Castro’s caution was  contained in a statement to the press in New York,on Friday,May 29,with the support of  Resolve to Save Lives in response to President Trump’s announcing U.S. withdrawal from the WHO.

He said  that,the U.S. alone has lost 100,000 lives from covid-19, a burden noting , that is immeasurable to the US  health sector and  economy..

Dr. Tom Frieden of our Resolves to Save Lives initiative speaking earlier in the day on his part had noted, ‘We helped create WHO. We are part of it. It is part of the world, and turning our back on WHO makes us and the world less safe. Now, China and every other country in the world will have a veto at WHO, and the U.S. won’t. This will make the U.S. more vulnerable”.

Dr.Frieden added that, at this unprecedented time and in the months ahead, every resource available must be used to stop the spread of COVID-19 while also  taking cognizance of the fact that, WHO plays a critical and life-saving role in the  global response to covid-19.

Editor’s note.

About Vital Strategies

Vital Strategies is a global health organization that believes every person should be protected by a strong public health system. We work with governments and civil society in 73 countries to design and implement evidence-based strategies that tackle their most pressing public health problems. Our goal is to see governments adopt promising interventions at scale as rapidly as possible. To find out more, please visit or Twitter @VitalStrat.

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About Resolve to Save Lives

Resolve to Save Lives is a five-year, $225 million initiative funded by Bloomberg

Philanthropies, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and Gates Philanthropy Partners, which is funded with support from the Chan Zuckerberg Foundation. It is led by Dr. Tom Frieden, former director of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and is part of the global organization Vital Strategies. To find out more visit: or Twitter @ResolveTSL


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Chief Correspondent,,West Africa Region,African Development magazine

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