WHO Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has announced the creation of a foundation that will enable it to tap new sources of funding, including the general public.
The WHO Foundation is being created as an independent grant-making entity that will support WHO efforts to address the most pressing global health challenges by raising new funding from “non-traditional sources”, according to the organisation.
The new body will “will facilitate contributions from the general public, individual major donors and corporate partners to WHO and trusted partners to deliver on high-impact programmes”, the WHO said.
The US suspended funding to the WHO earlier this year and President Donald Trump threatened this month to halt funding altogether if the body does not commit to reforms within 30 days. But Tedros said the new foundation had “nothing to do with recent funding issues”.