QFFD and WHO Join Hands in Signing a Core Contribution Agreement
The State of Qatar, represented by the Qatar Fund for Development (QFFD), and the World Health Organization (WHO) have signed a Core Contribution Agreement for US$ 10,000,000 in order to support WHO's Thirteenth General Programme of Work (GPW 13) and for coronavirus (COVID-19) response through the access to COVID-19 Tools Accelerator (ACT-A).
This is the first ever Core Contribution Agreement signed between the State of Qatar and WHO, making note of the strong partnership and dedication to work together to affirm that the most vulnerable communities in and around the world receive immediate and unhampered aids when it is urgent most needed.
HE Minister of Public Health Dr. Hanan Mohamed Al Kuwari said that, "Qatar's contribution to the WHO affirms Qatar's fulfillment of its obligations and keenness to support WHO's Thirteenth General Programme of Work (GPW 13) 2019-2023, to attain the "triple billion" target to ensure that one billion more people benefiting from UHC, one billion more people supported during emergencies and one billion more enjoying better health and well-being.”
HE further added that “It also supports the initiatives of speeding up the access to the essential supplies needed in the fight against COVID-19, to include accelerating the development of COVID-19 tests, treatment and vaccination while ensuring fair access."
HE Dr. Hanan Al Kuwari lauded on the key role played by the WHO, particularly in the current difficult time as the whole world is combating this deadly epidemic. She also affirms Qatar's eagerness to develop its partnership with the WHO. She also appreciated the exceptional role of Qatar Fund for Development in supporting global effort to alleviate human suffering and support various sectors such as health, education, and economic empowerment.
Director General of QFFD Khalifa Bin Jassim Al Kuwari stated: "This month last year in March 2020 COVID-19 was declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization. The coronavirus knows no borders, affecting people who are particularly vulnerable the most. Effectively addressing COVID-19 cannot be achieved in isolation as it affects everyone. During such times, bold actions and strong collaboration is needed for favorable results. Therefore, The State of Qatar through Qatar Fund for Development is providing its first flexible funding to WHO in support of the efforts done by the agency to combat the pandemic and support WHO's Thirteenth General Programme of Work (GPW 13)"
The contribution signed and agreed shall be used for carrying out to implement the projects for the Thirteenth General Programme of Work (GPW13) in order to enable WHO to address health emergencies, ensure healthy lives and well-being for all at all ages, achieve universal health coverage, contribute to the achievement of the SDGs and support the world on prevention, containment, treatment and coordination of COVID-19 response efforts.
WHO Director-General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said that, "The COVID-19 pandemic is a powerful demonstration that health is not a luxury item or merely a product of strong and prosperous societies; it is a fundamental human right and the foundation of social, economic and political stability,"
"I thank the State of Qatar for its contribution, which will support WHO to achieve its mission to promote health, keep the world safe and serve the vulnerable,” he added.