The World Health Organisation needs USD 1.3 billion (4
trillion Shillings) to meet its COVID-19 second response plans for 2020. The money is needed to ensure that the agency can provide testing kits, masks, medical gowns, gloves, face shields and
other essential medical equipment needed in the fight against COVID-19.
WHO Director-General Dr
Tedros Adhanom Ghebryesus is optimistic that the funding will cover the organisation's COVID-19 response for the rest of the year.
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The second phase of the response initially required USD 1.7 billion
according to Dr Ghebreyesus. However, donations from partners have offset the figure to now
stand at USD 1.3 billion.
In March and April, the UN agency launched the
solidarity fund and concert that was aimed at raising funds to support the organization’s
support to countries. Both avenues have raised more than USD 350 million. The monies
from the campaigns, according to WHO, have been used to provide logistic support
to countries in the form of delivering test kits and personal protective
equipment to countries that need assistance.
Dr Ghebreyesus says the next phase of the organization’s
response plan will focus on global and regional coordination to offer support
to member states.
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To date, over 99 per cent of all WHO member states
have reported COVID-19 cases. The global
figure of the infected persons according to the John Hopkins COVID-19 resource centre stands at 3.9 million.