With an aim of promoting global health security and a healthier world for all, Ms Liesje Schreinemacher, the Minister of Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation of Netherlands meet Director-General of WHO, Dr Tedros Ghebreyesus for the first time.
Welcoming Ms Schreinemacher, Dr Tedros expressed his deep gratitude towards the Netherlands for their long-lasting partnership with the WHO. Dr Tedros added that the Netherlands has always been a leading voice for health and human rights around the world, defending global access to the full breadth of sexual and reproductive health services, including tat for the vulnerable population.
The Netherlands is a key supporter and strategic partner of WHO, which funds critical activities in the areas of sexual and reproductive health, water and sanitation, mental health in emergencies, emergency preparedness, tuberculosis, One Health Primary health care, antimicrobial resistance.
94 million US$ were provided to the WHO from the Netherlands between 2020-294 million US$ were provided to the WHO from the Netherlands between 2020-21. This solid amount included 16 million US$, which were fully flexible Core Voluntary Contributions making it the 4th largest flexible contributor to the WHO.
The Netherlands considers addressing the sexual and reproductive health (SRH) needs of people affected by humanitarian crises of global importance. To that end, the Netherlands support WHO to implement a vital project that ensures that more women and girls access quality sexual and reproductive health services in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Yemen and Bangladesh through the Global Health Cluster.
Since 2019 the Netherlands supports WHO and UNICEF in collaboration with our partners UNHCR and UNFPA to develop and test a Minimum Service Package (MSP) for Mental Health and Psychosocial Support in humanitarian emergencies. The MSP is a costed intersectoral package that aims at increasing investments in a more predictable and evidence-based manner, to ultimately help girls, boys, women and men living in humanitarian crises to attain improved mental health and psychosocial well-being.
The Netherlands is a key player in supporting the implementation of WHO's Global action plan on the public health response to dementia 2017-2025 and in September 2021, was one of the countries that joined the official launch of the Global status report on the public health response to dementia.