With an objective to support the World Health Organization’s efforts to address the most pressing global health challenges, the WHO on May 27 announced the creation of an independent grant-making entity under the title of the WHO Foundation.
The WHO Foundation is legally separate from the World Health Organization and it will support global public health needs by providing funds to the WHO and trusted implementing partners
At a virtual press conference from the WHO headquarters in Geneva, WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said that the idea to support the establishment of the WHO Foundation dated back to February 2018 and “today it gives us enormous pleasure to launch it officially”.
Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said, “For WHO to fulfil its mission and mandate, there is a clear need to broaden our donor base, and to improve both the quantity and quality of funding we receive”.
A WHO Spokesperson said that in view of the COVID-19 pandemic, the WHO Foundation will initially focus on emergencies and pandemic response and will also raise and disburse funds for all the WHO global public health priorities.