Sustainable Finance for Health Emergencies
The Health Emergency Partner Programme will maximise the impact of the private sector by harnessing its ability to respond to global health emergencies quickly and effectively at scale, and address the multidimensional needs of vulnerable people in these settings by acting as a pooled fund The WHO Foundation will convene 50 like-minded corporate partners over five years who share a long-term commitment to supporting the WHO Global Health Emergency Appeals. Over this period, the Health Emergency Partner Programme partners will commit to yearly minimum financial contributions, providing reliable and predictable funding for health emergencies and health systems preparedness around the world. In addition, they will be called upon as first responders to specific emergency appeals that arise such as the Ukraine Appeal and the Greater Horn of Africa and the Sahel.
The Health Emergencies Alliance is a novel membership community designed to lead the way to a healthier and more equitable future. By committing US$ 200,000 per year over a three-year period, partners can support WHO’s critical work in responding to health emergencies around the world.
The WHO Foundation will convene 50 like-minded corporate partners over the next five years who share a long-term commitment to supporting the WHO Global Health Emergency Appeals. Over this period, Health Emergencies Alliance partners will commit to yearly minimum financial contributions, providing reliable and predictable funding for health emergencies around the world. They will be called upon as first responders to specific emergency appeals that arise such as the war in Ukraine and the droughts in the Greater Horn of Africa and the Sahel.
This alliance of businesses will help to incubate innovative ideas and commitments for improving the engagement of the private sector in their support to health emergency responses. Partners will be on the front lines of providing the necessary funding base for WHO to respond swiftly and effectively to disaster events around the world. The long-term commitment from partners towards emergency response provides flexible funding where it is needed most, and which is critical to ensuring an effective response. The WHO Foundation will provide necessary resources and support to allow partners to engage to maximize efficiency and impact.
Since the creation of the WHO Foundation, businesses have had an unprecedented opportunity to support the life-saving work of WHO in emergencies. The Health Emergencies Alliance provides a unique platform for businesses to engage with each other to leverage resources and scale up the commitment to support a long-term global and sustainable response mechanism.
COVID-19 exposed many health system vulnerabilities, especially those in countries and regions already dealing with humanitarian crises, which are threatening many communities’ ability to cope. The world is witnessing a significant increase in the number of people requiring humanitarian assistance – up from 235 million in 2021 to 274 million in 2022 (WHO GHEA 2022).
In health emergencies, the World Health Organization (WHO) often serves as both a first responder and a provider of last resort for the world’s most vulnerable people. WHO’s unique global reach, technical expertise, and broad range of partnerships allows it to respond rapidly and at scale, moving people, resources, and supplies to where they are needed the most during health emergencies. WHO, along with other health partners, ensures prevention, preparedness, readiness, response, and recovery in emergency situations.
“One billion people better protected from health emergencies” is one of the Triple Billion objectives of the WHO’s Thirteenth General Programme of Work (GPW 13). To reach this goal, the Global Health Emergency Appeal seeks to raise $2.7 billion, aiming to provide humanitarian assistance to 160 million people across 56 countries in 2022 alone.
The need to fund health emergency responses is now greater than ever. The WHO Foundation combines the power of the private sector with the reach of WHO to drive innovation, impact, and a greater return on health investments. In September 2022, together with its partners, the WHO Foundation is launching the Health Emergencies Alliance to continue supporting WHO’s critical work in responding to and preparing against health emergencies.
The Health Emergencies Alliance seeks to invite 50 businesses each to make a financial commitment of $200,000 per year over a three-year period. This membership commitment will power the management of the programme and boost its ability to engage with more partners and be split to directly fund the Global Health Emergency Appeals and the Contingency Fund for Emergencies, which is a rapid response mechanism to release funds in the first 48 hours at the onset of an emergency. To reach this goal, the WHO Foundation aims to raise a total of $100 million from the private sector by 2027 in support of WHO Global Health Emergency Appeals.