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The WHO Foundation Is Investing in a Safer and Healthier World for Future Generations
In health emergencies, the World Health Organization (WHO) often serves as both a first responder and a provider of last resort for the world’s most vulnerable people, from Ebola outbreaks in Africa to maintaining essential health services in Afghanistan and Syria. As the UN health agency, WHO provides important and underpinning activities in the context of emergencies including disease surveillance, emergency operations and management of medical supplies, training for health workers, and coordination with local, regional and global partners. Preparedness is also a key component of WHO’s emergency work, investing in vulnerable health systems including training the necessary staff, supporting laboratories, carrying out analysis and detailed assessments, ensuring supplies, and developing and testing coordinated action plans.
The need to fund health emergency response is now greater than ever. By committing to support the newly launched Health Emergencies Alliance, partners can play a key role in providing predictable and reliable funding for unpredictable health emergencies supporting WHO’s Global Health Emergency Appeal, aiming to provide humanitarian assistance to 160 million people across 56 countries in 2022 alone. Over five years, the WHO Foundation’s Health Emergencies Alliance Heath has set a target of $100 million to achieve this goal.
As part of this plan, the Solidarity Response Fund (SRF) was developed, and powered by the WHO Foundation, in collaboration with the UN Foundation and a global network of fiduciary partners, to support the work of WHO and its partners to quickly and effectively respond to COVID-19 outbreaks all over the world.
Donations to the fund enabled vital work to suppress transmission, reduce exposure,
counter misinformation, protect the vulnerable, reduce mortality and morbidity, and accelerate
equitable access to new COVID-19 tools. Some of the donations have supported additional Fund partners including the: African Union/African CDC, the Big 6 Youth Organizations, the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI), the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR), United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF), the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), the World Food Programme (WFP).
We enable the private sector and civil society to tackle global issues and challenges together. We’re clearly seen the power of collective response through two international fundraising campaigns launched in 2020-2021 with the WHO Foundation to power WHO’s work on the ground. In total, the Solidarity Response Fund (SRF), and Go Give One (GG1) campaigns raised more than US$ 260 million from the private sector to actively support the work of WHO and its partners in the fight against COVID-19. Together with WHO, the WHO Foundation will continue to launch campaigns and appeals tackle global health challenges with a coordinated, multi-sector approach.
Donations are being accepted to support WHO and its partners’ response efforts to COVID-19 and other health emergencies around the globe.
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