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What we do

The WHO Foundation Is Investing in a Safer and Healthier World for Future Generations

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As a grant-making foundation, we work alongside the World Health Organization (WHO) and its partners, providing funding for innovative initiatives with the greatest potential to improve world health. We aim for rapid and transparent results and encourage collaborations based on aligned interests and big ambitions. We believe in leveraging the strengths and expertise of all partners, while bringing together the resources and funding to achieve our shared goals.

Together with our partners, we fund the greatest opportunities to strengthen world health capacity, so that humanity is ready to deal with the health challenges of today and tomorrow. From averting pandemics, to promoting health, preventing diseases and improving health systems, we reduce health risks by building awareness and supporting our partners, including WHO, in establishing global preparedness for any health emergency that may arise.

Shaping New Strategies for Investment into Global Health

Shaping New Strategies for Investment into Global Health

We will be cultivating philanthropic and private sector partners to help power solutions for critical global health areas. In close collaboration with WHO, our Foundation is developing approaches that enable WHO and its implementing partners to achieve greater innovation, scale, and impact in its new frontiers of work, which break free of disease-specific projects. We have identified six overarching thematics to explore through our forthcoming Impact Strategy. These themes are being formalized through diagnostic consultations with key stakeholders in the health sector, and represent areas that have huge potential for growth, innovation, and impact. The six areas are: primary healthcare, health emergencies, climate and health, mental health, digital health, and health equity.

Responding to Health Emergencies Around the World The WHO Foundation Health Emergency Partner Programme

Health Emergencies Alliance: Responding to Health Emergencies Around the World

Every day, millions of people living in fragile and conflict-prone settings face a wide range of serious threats to their health and well-being due to epidemics, pandemics or new diseases, natural disasters, and situations of conflict and war.

COVID-19 exposed vulnerabilities in health systems, especially those in countries and regions already dealing with humanitarian crises which are threatening many communities’ ability to cope. According to OCHA, 274 million people will need humanitarian assistance and protection in 2022.  This is a significant increase from 235 million people a year ago, which was already the highest figure in decades. The world must prepare for large-scale health emergencies, diseases, conflicts, and other humanitarian situations by powering the work of WHO, which serves as both a first responder and a provider of last resort care for the world’s most vulnerable people.

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.

Learn more: WHO GHEA 2022
Read more about the Health Emergency Alliance.

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WHO’s COVID-19 Response - Solidarity Response Fund

The world has never faced a crisis like COVID-19. The pandemic has impacted communities everywhere.
Leading the response to the pandemic, the World Health Organization (WHO) established a COVID-19 Strategic Preparedness and Response Plan (SPRP). This has guided coordinated action at national, regional, and global levels to overcome the ongoing challenges in the response to COVID-19, address inequities, and chart the course out of the pandemic. The SPRP was further updated in 2021 to build on key learnings, as well work towards the safe, equitable and effective delivery of diagnostics, therapeutics, and vaccines to successfully tackle the COVID-19 pandemic.

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).

The WHO Foundation managed COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund (SRF) from March 2021 until its closure in December 2021. Find out more on how the Fund made an impact.

Resources:

Read the latest COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund impact report (April – June 2021)
Read the January-March 2021 Fund impact report

Our Campaigns

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.

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Vaccine Equity - GO GIVE ONE Campaign

The Go Give One campaign was created by the WHO Foundation based on the simple belief that individuals, wherever they are, can play a powerful role in the fight against COVID-19 by investing in the health of their world. A fundraising campaign with no borders, Go Give One calls on everyone, everywhere to play their part in helping to vaccinate the world. Money raised goes to an international fund called COVAX AMC, which buys COVID-19 vaccines for the world, starting with those who need them the most.

The WHO Foundation is a partner of the Access to COVID-19 Tools Accelerator (ACT-A), which was launched by WHO and other stakeholders in April 2020. This partnership has supported the fastest, most coordinated, and successful global effort to develop tools to fight a disease in history. WHO Foundation globally supports this initiative through the ACT Together Fund and supports WHO’s leading role in vaccination through COVAX. Co-led by the World Health Organization, Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance (Gavi), and the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI), COVAX seeks to accelerate the development and manufacture of COVID-19 vaccines, and to guarantee fair and equitable access for every country in the world. This includes an international fund called COVAX AMC, set up by Gavi to buy vaccines for the world, starting with those who need them most. Governments are giving money to COVAX AMC, but not enough to end the pandemic.

To DONATE, please visit Gogiveone.org.

Addressing the Mental Health Impact of COVID-19 through Art

Healing Arts Initiative

COVID-19 has revealed that a virus can affect not only our physical health but also our ability to cope with the psychological impact in its wake. To address the impact of mental health through COVID-19, Christie’s auction house, together with the WHO Foundation, UN75, and a range of other partners including Tate galleries, Italy’s Castello di Rivoli Museum of Contemporary Art, and The Art Newspaper engaged in a cultural call-to-action to support the global COVID-19 response through the arts through The Future is Unwritten Healing Arts Auction series was held. The auction series increased awareness around a global path to recovery and raised critical funds to mobilize artists and health professionals in support of communities most vulnerable, at-risk, and with the weakest health systems to act effectively in response to the pandemic. All proceeds supported urgently needed mental health responses to the pandemic through the applied use of arts in health-giving and recovery. A fund also supported artist-led projects that directly facilitated community healing and healthcare messaging. A number of educational events further covered urgent thematic areas, from emergency response, to mental health, health effects of the environmental crisis, to the achievement of Universal Health Coverage, each through the lens of the supportive power of the arts. In total, nearly US$ 200 000 was raised.

Our Appeals

Ukraine Health Appeal

Health Emergency Appeal for Ukraine

On March 2nd 2022, along with the WHO, we launched the Health Emergency Appeal for Ukraine to support the frontline response to deliver urgent healthcare to people across Ukraine and refugees in neighboring countries affected by this crisis.

The escalating crisis in Ukraine has seen casualties and injuries rising and people forced to flee, severely reducing the capacity of health systems to cope with people wounded and others in need of urgent health care. In just one month, nearly 11 million people, nearly a quarter of Ukraine’s population, have been forcibly displaced. As of April 4, 2022, it was estimated that 6.5 million are internally displaced and more than 4.2 million were forced to leave the country.

This crisis is having a devastating impact on these countries health systems and severely reducing the capacity to cope.

Donations to the appeal are ongoing via ukraine.who.foundation.

Health Emergency Appeal for the Sahel and the Horn of Africa

Health Emergency Appeal for the Sahel & the Greater Horn of Africa

On September 16, 2022, along with WHO, we launched the Health Emergency Appeal for the Sahel and the Greater Horn of Africa to respond to the rising health needs as millions face acute hunger.
The Sahel & Greater Horn of Africa regions are experiencing one of the worst food insecurity situations in decades. It is estimated that more than 63 million people are facing extreme hunger or above and 17.8 million are internally displaced due to climate change,  armed conflict, or food insecurity. While finding food and safe water is the absolute priority, the health response is essential to avert preventable diseases and death. 

The rising droughts and food insecurity is contributing to increased health risks and needs such as a great need for preventive and curative healthcare services in the affected population.

Donations to the appeal are ongoing via hoa-sahel.who.foundation.

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Together For India

The Together for India appeal was launched by the WHO Foundation in May 2021 when an unprecedented surge in COVID-19 infections in India led to a shortfall in medical oxygen, intensive care unit beds, and life-saving medicines. WHO responded by deploying an additional emergency action plan to support WHO’s work in the frontlines of India’s fight against the pandemic. The “Together for India” appeal invited members of the public to donate, with proceedings going to the COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund in support of the WHO Indian Country Office to provide equipment, supplies, and technical assistance and field support to support WHO’s frontline emergency response across India. The appeal has now concluded.

Give a Breath

Give a Breath for Health

In April 2021, the global fundraising appeal, Give a Breath for Health, driven by the WHO Foundation and WHO, was launched to support the delivery of oxygen and other life-saving supplies to health facilities treating patients with COVID-19 around the world. In many countries in the Americas, a severe oxygen shortage threatened the health of people with respiratory issues fighting COVID-19. This put an incredible strain on the region’s health services and led to thousands of unnecessary deaths. WHO Foundation launched Give a Breath for the Americas to support WHO and PAHO’s efforts in the region. The appeal received support from WHO’s goodwill Ambassador and Brazilian international football star Alisson Becker. The appeal has now concluded.

Help to Continue World Health Organization’s Lifesaving Work

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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For questions about partnerships and donations, please contact: partnerships@who.foundation

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