GENEVA and Washington – A new solidarity fund to fight coronavirus disease (COVID-19) will raise capital from a wide range of donors to financial aid that the World Health Organization ( WHO) and its partners are contributing to countries to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic. The first of its kind, the fund enables individuals, companies, and institutions around the world to come together to contribute directly to the global response. It was created by the United Nations Foundation and the Swiss Philanthropy Foundation, in collaboration with the WHO.
“We are at a turning point in the global response to COVID-19. All of us must participate in this massive effort to preserve global security, “said D r Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO Director-General. “We are extremely grateful to the United Nations Foundation and the Swiss Philanthropy Foundation for joining us in setting up this fund. Many people and institutions have expressed the wish to contribute to the fight against the new coronavirus. It is now possible. ”
The fund starts by already having significant support, in particular, that of Facebook and Google, which have set up an equivalent system for the funds collected on their platforms; individual donors can also contribute to the fund.
“We cannot ignore the fact that this is a truly global problem, which also requires global solutions,” commented Elizabeth Cousens, CEO of the United Nations Foundation. “Everything justifies global cooperation: communities everywhere are affected and people want to help. This new fund will allow everyone, wherever they are, to fight the virus together. ”
The funds will be used for the measures provided for in the COVID-19 Strategic Preparedness and Response Plan to enable all countries, especially the most vulnerable and at-risk with particularly weak health systems, to prepare and to deal with the crisis, in particular, to detect cases quickly, interrupt the transmission of the virus and treat the sick.
WHO and its partners are seeking funding for protective equipment for frontline health workers; to equip diagnostic laboratories; improve monitoring and data collection; set up and operate intensive care units; strengthen supply chains; accelerate research and development of vaccines and treatments, and take other essential steps to scale up public health response to the pandemic.
The Solidarity Fund for the fight against COVID-19 is hosted by two foundations, the United Nations Foundation (registered in the United States) and the Swiss Philanthropy Foundation (registered in Switzerland). The two foundations have established relationships with WHO, which facilitates the transfer of financial resources for the benefit of the fight against COVID-19.
In addition to making donations online, it is also possible to donate to the United Nations Foundation by check or bank transfer anywhere in the world by writing to the address. All donations made to the United Nations Foundation and the Swiss Philanthropy Foundation are tax-deductible to the extent provided by national law if any (the United States and Switzerland). In addition, the Swiss Philanthropy Foundation has agreed with Transnational Giving Europe to possibly extend the tax benefits to other European countries.