The World Health Organisation’s main principle is to enable "the attainment by all peoples ... the highest possible level of health", but there are some very serious failings in light of this, that critics such as Donald Trump have failed to touch on. In the US the WHO is failing to adequately advocate for universal healthcare, doing little in terms of advocacy for better healthcare in the country, and allowing a situation to perpetuate where US citizens pay ten times more for healthcare than Cubans and enjoy less effective health care. The organisation is currently failing over 23 million Chinese people also, by not even recognising the island of Taiwan the WHO sets a dangerous precedent telling the world that UN organsations are partial to geopolitical divides.
But more worryingly it also deprives the world of a powerful ally in the fight against global pandemics, Taiwan's healthcare system is one of the best in the world and the country has experience from dealing with the first SARS outbreak from 2002-2004. Political forces are stopping the World Health Organisation follow its own guiding principles as pressure from large donor nations clearly stop the organisation from carrying out its own remit. The WHO needs to do more to advocate for universal healthcare across the globe to push for the highest level of health, while being more inclusive of territories that are in politically contentious regions, ensuring it truly is working toward healthcare attainment for all people.