Donors back WHO’s diverse fight against the shifting COVID-19 pandemic all over the world
Thanks to generous contributions from member states and other donors, WHO has been supporting countries in all regions with a multi-faceted approach to responding to the pandemic.
Funds provided to WHO are helping stop the spread of COVID-19 in countries all over the world. The support has enabled WHO, amongst others, to ship nearly 300 million items of personal protective equipment to close to 200 countries; strengthen hundreds of national and subnational laboratories with technical support and more than 250 million tests; coordinate the deployment of more than 180 teams and missions to strengthen critical response functions at national and subnational level; deliver 27 million respirators, and support more than 12 000 intensive care beds.
Here’s a sample of stories showing how WHO deployed its valuable donor contributions this past week:
To safely resume the mass polio immunization drive, WHO helped train vaccinators on COVID-19 prevention and provided them with personal protective equipment and hand sanitizer.
In collaboration with WHO, health authorities are now reviving and reinforcing essential services to not only better withstand disruption in case of a new COVID-19 wave, but also to improve quality