WHO denies accepting funds from food and beverage industryListen /
The World Health Organization (WHO) has denied recent allegations that it is receiving funding from the food and beverage industry in relation to its work to reduce non-communicable diseases.
Director-General Margaret Chan says these allegations are wrong.
Dr. Chan says WHO is committed to reducing the public health impacts associated with non-communicable diseases.
She says hundreds of staff both at headquarters and in WHO's Regional and Country Offices work to develop evidence, tools and effective interventions to help national governments take the action needed to prevent NCDs and reduce their impact, by saving lives and reducing illness.
According to Dr. Chan, WHO may engage with the private sector on occasion. WHO's policy stipulates that , funds may not be sought or accepted from enterprises that have a direct commercial interest in the outcome of the project toward which they would be contributing.
Charles Appel, United Nations.