The World Health Organization has announced the creation of the WHO Foundation, an independent grantmaking entity that will support the multilateral public health organization's efforts to address pressing global health challenges.
Based in Geneva, the foundation will provide funds to WHO and trusted partners working to deliver on the organization's "triple billion" goals. Featured in the agency's most recent five-year strategic plan, the three goals are to protect a billion people from health emergencies, extend universal health coverage to a billion people, and assure healthy lives and well-being for a billion people by 2023.
Legally separate from WHO, the foundation will accept contributions to WHO and its partners from the general public, individual major donors, and corporate partners as it works to broaden WHO's donor base and secure more sustainable and predictable funding for the organization. The WHO Foundation will simplify the processing of philanthropic contributions in support of WHO and will accept contributions in support of every aspect of the agency's mission.
"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," said WHO director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus. "The creation of the WHO Foundation, as part of WHO's transformation, is an important step toward this goal, and toward achieving our mission to promote health, keep the world safe, and serve the vulnerable."