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WHO WE ARE

We are an independent grant-making foundation that is unique in the area of world health

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We are an independent grant-making foundation that is unique in the area of world health. As the WHO Foundation, our role is to support the World Health Organization’s (WHO’s) mission both directly and by supporting WHO’s network of partners on the ground. We are a force for new and better collective solutions. We bring together donors, world health professionals and the WHO network, to create partnerships that drive innovative actions to address the most pressing health challenges of today and tomorrow.

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We support WHO in achieving a world in which all people attain the highest possible standard of health and well-being.

Ultimately, we believe that by working together with donors and partners we can address critical health needs and improve the lives of everyone around the world.

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OUR MISSION

Is to support WHO in achieving Sustainable Development Goal (SDG)3: To ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all ages.


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OUR VISION

Invest in every life

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OUR VALUES

Earn trust through actions. Empower lives through philanthropy.


WHO’S GENERAL PROGRAMME OF WORK

LEADERSHIP

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Prof. Dr. Thomas Zeltner

Founder and Chair of the Board

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Anil Soni

CEO

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Clare Akamanzi

Board member

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Bob Carter

Board member

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Senait Fisseha, MD, JD

Board member

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Dr. Silvia Gold

Board member

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Nahed Mohammed Taher, PhD

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Rebecca Enonchong

Board member

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Prof. Thulisile "Thuli" Madonsela

Board member

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Gaudenz Silberschmidt

WHO Representative

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THE WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION AND THE WHO FOUNDATION

Working together for World Health

WHO is a specialized agency of the United Nations with its headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland. It is the directing and coordinating authority on international health, and provides leadership on global environmental health matters, shapes the health research agenda, sets health norms and standards, articulates evidence-based policy options, provides technical support to countries, and monitors and assesses health trends. Whereas WHO has an incredible capacity, through its network of state and non-state partners, to action impactful initiatives, there is only so much it can achieve with its limited resource base. Recognizing this, the WHO Foundation was created to support and complement WHO’s resource mobilization efforts while respecting the inter-governmental nature of WHO’s governance. The WHO Foundation is a non-profit grant-making foundation that aims to strengthen world health by providing funding to address the most critical global health issues. Donors can now access and enrich global health in a way that was never possible before. Partners on the ground benefit from greater resources, while working together enables us to identify projects with the most potential for success. This unique collaboration between the coordinating world health body and donors brings new opportunities to create highly innovative collective solutions to global health issues. Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO Director-General and Prof. Dr Thomas Zeltner, WHO Foundation Founder and Chair of the Board originally announced the launch of the WHO Foundation at the WHO Covid-19 press conference on May 27th, 2020. Both WHO and the WHO Foundation are headquartered in Geneva, but the Foundation is legally independent from WHO (created under Swiss Law Statutes). WHO and the Foundation are bound together by an Affiliation Agreement, also known as a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), which defines how they interact.

“Health is a global public good, and I believe we can create a world in which everyone can live a healthy and productive life regardless of where they live. WHO is dedicated to this goal and the creation of the WHO Foundation is an opportunity for a seismic shift in global health, redoubling our efforts toward this goal.”

DR. TEDROS ADHANOM GHEBREYESUS, WHO DIRECTOR-GENERAL

THE WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION

Better health for everyone, everywhere

WHO works together with its 194 Member States (countries) to promote health, keep the world safe, and serve the vulnerable. It supports each country in achieving their national health objectives by guiding health policy and strategy development. It provides scientific expertise, while coordinating the efforts of governments and implementing partners, ranging from international organizations and civil society, to academia and research institutions. WHO is currently working towards its 2023 triple billion goal of ensuring a billion more people have universal health coverage, protecting a billion more people from health emergencies, and providing a further billion people with better health and well-being.

THE TRIPLE BILLION TARGETS

UNIVERSAL HEALTH COVERAGE

ONE BILLION

more people benefiting from universal health coverage, tracked via 15 indicators.

HEALTH EMERGENCIES

ONE BILLION

more people better protected from health emergencies, tracked via six indicators.

HEALTHIER POPULATIONS

ONE BILLION

more people enjoying better health and well-being, tracked via 14 SDG indicators.
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