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Solidarity Response Fund - Shanmugam IAS academy in coimbatore
Solidarity Response Fund

WHO AND UNICEF JOINED TOGETHER

What’s in news?

An agreement was signed to work together on COVID-19 response, through the historic COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund.

Key data’s:

  • Signed by: The agreements to work together was signed by WHO and UNICEF through the historic COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund.
  • By the agreement, more than $127 million will flow to UNICEF for its work with vulnerable children and communities all over the world.
  • Fund used in: Funds raised will be spent in alignment with the global response plan, and where needs are greatest. At the direction of WHO leadership, it is expected that resources will go directly toward:
    • WHO, for its work to track the spread of the virus, assess gaps and needs, equip frontline health workers with personal protective equipment, ensure lab and testing tools are available in countries around the world, and keep communities and frontline responders informed with the latest technical guidance.
    • UNICEF, to ensure children and families around the world are equipped with all the evidence-based information and latest WHO guidance as well as locally relevant information to protect themselves from the spread of COVID-19; to support vulnerable countries by providing access to water, sanitation and hygiene, and basic infection prevention and control measures; and to provide access to care for vulnerable families and children.
    • CEPI, the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations, a key partner leading the financing for research and development for novel vaccines to combat COVID-19, working closely with WHO.

COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund:

  • Created by: The fund was created and funded by the United Nations Foundation and Swiss Philanthropy Foundation on the request of WHO.  
  • Aim: The fund was created to facilitate an unprecedented global response by supporting the WHO Strategic Preparedness and Response Plan. 
  • Contribution: More than 219,000 individuals, more than 90 global companies and organizations, the total fund collected was $127 million

Links to note:

https://www.iasipstnpsc.in/parasitic-disease/

https://www.who.int/news-room/detail/03-04-2020-who-and-unicef-to-partner-on-pandemic-response-through-covid-19-solidarity-response-fund

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/UNICEF

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