According to a press statement issued by WHO, the Foundation will be supporting the Organization’s efforts to address the most pressing global health challenges.
The newly unveiled foundation whose goal is to broaden WHO’ donor base is legally separate from the organization.
Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO Director-General said that development is An important part of WHO’s future success is broadening its donor base and increasing both the quantity and quality of funds at its disposal.
"The creation of the WHO Foundation is part of WHO’s transformation and an important step towards this goal, and towards achieving our mission to promote health, keep the world safe and serve the vulnerable.”
Akamanzi will serve alongside Bob Carter and Professor Thomas Zeltener; she welcomed the move and said on her Twitter account that the birth of WHO Foundation is a crucial addition to ongoing efforts to address global challenges.
The Foundation,which has its Headquarters in Geneva, will support global public health needs by providing funds to WHO and trusted implementing partners to deliver on the Organization’s “triple billion” goals.
Among other duties, the WHO Foundation will simplify the processing of philanthropic contributions in support of WHO and make such contributions possible on all aspects of health and WHO’s mission.
“The work of the WHO is vital for both safeguarding and promoting global health – a role that has become all the more crucial in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.”
“The WHO deserves a strong, independent, external advocate who can support and strengthen its impact,” said Professor Thomas Zeltner, Founder of the WHO Foundation.
In view of the COVID-19 pandemic, WHO Foundation will initially focus on emergencies and pandemic response, according to a press statement.