‘Firm believers in international scientific collaboration’
Editor’s Note: The following is a joint release from the IADR and AADR in the wake of the recent decision of the United States to withdraw from the World Health Organization.
The International Association for Dental Research (IADR) and the American Association for Dental Research (AADR) are deeply concerned by the administration’s decision to terminate the United States relationship with the World Health Organization (WHO).
IADR and AADR are firm believers in the importance of international scientific collaboration. It is through engagement and robust partnerships with peers around the world that we can more effectively advance knowledge and promote resources that will lead to better health for all.
Withdrawing from the WHO—and doing so during a global health pandemic—carries multiple risks, including disconnecting the United States from vital sources of information and intelligence, separating the country from collective global response efforts, and signaling to the rest of the world that the United States is not committed to cooperating on international public health issues.
Further, the United States withdrawal from the WHO has the potential to significantly weaken the institution and its ability to respond to public health priorities or future pandemics. Given the global nature of health issues, such as pandemics, U.S. removal from the organization will risk the health of people throughout the world.
The IADR is one of two oral health-based non-governmental organizations in official relations with the WHO and works closely with the WHO Oral Health Program to help achieve its mission of driving dental, oral, and craniofacial research for health and well-being worldwide.
IADR and AADR urge the administration to reconsider its decision to terminate the U.S. relationship with the WHO and to consider the long-term impact that this decision will have on U.S. health and global health.