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WHO's resources have consistently lagged behind its constitutional mandate. There is a deep misalignment between what governments and the public expect WHO to do and what the organisation is resourced to do. WHO is challenged by low levels of political will to increase its financing, strained government treasuries, and a battle over control of priorities. WHO's Executive Board has charged the Working Group on Sustainable Financing with identifying a viable plan for sustainable financing before the World Health Assembly in May. There is no time to lose. WHO's resourcing strategy must match its mission with assured financial support from member states buttressed by proven, innovative financing methods. By defining its priorities, delivering on them, and being transparent and accountable, WHO can more boldly pursue its public health mission.

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The Lancet, Vol. 399, Issue 10334, 2022, Pp. 1445-1447.