The World Health Organization's COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund has announced a $20 million grant to the World Food Programme to scale global logistics distribution systems in response to the coronavirus pandemic.
The grant will support WFP's global logistics services, which are delivering critical health and humanitarian supplies such as personal protective equipment (PPE) to areas with the greatest need, including vulnerable communities in a hundred and twelve countries. To date, funding from the fund has helped the UN's COVID-19 Supply Chain Task Force — launched in April and coordinated by WHO and WFP with the aim of scaling the procurement and delivery of PPE, testing and diagnostics supplies, and biomedical equipment such as ventilators and oxygen concentrators — secure four million manual polymerase chain reaction tests and purchase supplies for distribution in a hundred and thirty-five countries.
Launched by the United Nations Foundation in partnership with the Swiss Philanthropy Foundation, the COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund has raised more than $210 million and disbursed over $115 million to date, including $10 million to UNICEF to strengthen health and sanitation systems and $10 million to the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovation (CEPI) in support of the rapid development of a vaccine.
"Contributions like this help WFP keep critical global supply chains moving so essential medicines and equipment can reach those most in need," said WFP executive director David Beasley. "We are grateful to the people and companies that have donated to the Solidarity Response Fund so we can continue supporting the entire humanitarian community and the people who rely on us."
(Photo credit: World Food Programme/Khudr Alissa)