WHO Confirms All $55.1 Million Announced at 'One World: Together At Home' Is Helping the World Fight COVID-19

The critical funding is helping provide PPE, deploy Emergency Medical Teams, and more.
Aug 12, 2020 12:10 PM ET

The World Health Organization (WHO) has officially confirmed that it has received 100% of the $55.1 million in funding toward the COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund for WHO, powered by the United Nations Foundation and the Swiss Philanthropy Foundation,announced during the Global Citizen One World: Together At Home concert in April this year.

To date, from all events and activities, the Fund has raised a total of more than $232 million from more than 564,000 individual donors, corporations, and foundations, which has helped improve country preparedness and response; accelerate research and development; and coordinate across regions to assess, respond to, and mitigate risks, including the delivery of millions of pieces of PPE and test kits to more than 120 countries.

Lady Gaga, alongside Global Citizens from over 150 countries around the world, took hundreds of thousands of actions during the One World: Together At Home campaign, calling on world leaders to step up support for the Fund.

The world's leaders took notice.

The campaign successfully announced a total $127.9 million in commitments to COVID-19 response, $55.1 million of which was dedicated to the COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund for the World Health Organization and $72.8 million of which was dedicated toward local and regional response organizations.

As the virus continues to spread, the funding mobilized by the Together At Home campaign will help enable the world's most vulnerable communities to respond to the pandemic.

Funding mobilized during the Together At Home campaign has helped support the delivery of PPE to over 120 countries, including:

  • 41.1 million medical masks
  • 10.2 million respirators
  • 5.5 million face shields
  • 2.1 million gloves
  • 1.8 million gowns
  • and 646K pairs of goggles.

The funding has additionally helped WHO deploy over 180 emergency medical teams worldwide; assist in the design and establishment of COVID-19 treatment centers in 15 countries; and support the work on 166 vaccine candidates.

WHO, as part of the ACT Accelerator (Access to COVID-19 Tools), is leading the way in developing tests, treatments, and vaccines against COVID-19, to ensure everyone, everywhere is protected.