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Redefining the Federal Role in Public Health, Medical Research, and Education, 1949-1960
Box Number: 89
Folder Number: 1093
May 18, 1957
Dear Mr. Fogarty:
The two highlights of the Tenth World Health Assembly to date have been your
address to the plenary session, in which you extended the invitation to hold the
Eleventh World Health Assembly in the United States, and the election of the
United States by overwhelming majority as one of the countries which can
designate a member of the Executive Board. Also worthy of note was the award of
the Darling Foundation Prize to Dr. Paul F. Russell, probably the most outstanding
malariologist in the United States if not the world, for his technical
contributions to the control and eradication of malaria. I enclose brief write-ups
of these items.
The United States Delegation has been participating actively in the discussions,
especially in the two main Committees on Program and Budget, and on
Administration, Finance and Legal Matters. The contributions of members of our
Delegation to the discussion of the activities of WHO in 1956 have been of a
highly quality, and in my opinion truly reflect the caliber and effectiveness of
the Delegation which we have at this Assembly. A summary of some of these
statements made so far is also enclosed.
We are now at the height of the debate on the budget level for 1958, and it is too
soon to forecast the outcome. It looks as though there is strong pressure from
many delegations for a budget level higher than the United States position of
$12,000,000. However, your references in the plenary to United States support for
orderly expansion of WHO has helped us, and should influence the outcome.
Mr. Wolverton has made a statement on the United States radio today which will be
broadcast in the United States and many other countries. I believe it may be of
interest to you, and enclose a copy.
We have prepared a short statement of comments on the Assembly, which I enclose in
case in may be of help to you on your return to the United States. It is in the
form of remarks in your name, which you could use as a release if you think
I should like to take this opportunity to say, for myself and on behalf of the
Delegation and the Public Health Service, how glad we are that you were able to
join the Delegation, and to participate so effectively in the proceedings of the
Assembly. We appreciate your being able to come here for the Assembly and your
interest in international health activities and their implications for the United
May you and your wife have a most pleasant trip across the Atlantic.