Now that COVID-19 has been officially declared a pandemic, we all need to have one goal: to keep everyone safe. That's why the World Health Organization (WHO) and the UN Foundation, together with their partners, have launched the COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund.
The first of its kind, this fund "enables private individuals, corporations, and institutions anywhere in the world to come together to directly contribute to global response efforts."
WHO Director-General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said, "We are immensely grateful to the UN Foundation and the Swiss Philanthropy Foundation for coming forward to help us set up this fund. A lot of people and institutions have been saying they want to contribute to the fight against the novel coronavirus. Now they can." Though it was only recently launched, the fund has gotten a lot of support from companies like Facebook and Google.
If you donate, where will your money go?
The short answer: "Where the needs are the greatest."
WHO breaks it down further, explaining that the fund will let them:
- Send essential supplies such as personal protective equipment to frontline health workers
- Enable all countries to track and detect the disease by boosting laboratory capacity through training and equipment
- Ensure health workers and communities everywhere have access to the latest science-based information to protect themselves, prevent infection and care for those in need
- Accelerate efforts to fast-track the discovery and development of lifesaving vaccines, diagnostics and treatments
According to their Strategic Preparedness and Response Plan, there is the need for USD$675 million dollars through April 2020, with the biggest chunk dedicated to "scaling up country preparedness and response operations."
If you want to make a donation, the UN Foundation accepts checks and wire transfers from anywhere in the world; more details can be found here.
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