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UN bodies partner against COVID-19

UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres

April 5, 2020 2 min read

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MASERU - As efforts to curb the spread of COVID-19 intensify throughout the world, the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) have announced an agreement to work together on the Corona virus response through the COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund.

According to a press statement from WHO, the money collected through the Fund will be used to train and equip communities and health-care workers to prevent, detect and treat COVID-19.

The statement indicates that the money will help countries expand their health-care capacity and mitigate social impact, especially on women, children and vulnerable groups.

“It will also accelerate research and development of treatments and preventive vaccines,” it says.
It adds that as a key partner in this association, UNICEF will lead emergency efforts to ensure that families and communities in the most vulnerable countries are fully engaged in the response and have access to water, sanitation and hygiene together with other infection prevention and control measures.

It says the funds raised will be spent in line with the global response plan and where needs are greatest.

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The COPVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund was set up at WHO's request by the UN Foundation and Swiss Philanthropy Foundation.

It was launched last month. The Fund has been set up to facilitate an unprecedented global response by supporting WHO Strategic Preparedness and Response Plan.
Recent updates show that globally, there are now more than 970 000 confirmed cases of COVID-19 together with over 50 000 confirmed deaths in 207 countries worldwide.

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