The UHC Partnership supports the broader WHO response to the COVID-19 pandemic through the generous contributions of the European Union, the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, Irish Aid, the Government of Japan, the French Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs, the Government of Japan – Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare, the United Kingdom – Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office, Belgium, Canada and Germany.
Flexible funding and responsive programming
As soon as COVID-19 was declared a Public Health Emergency of International Concern, the Partnership received cooperation and agreement from all donors to reprogramme funding and technical expertise to support Member States to prepare for and respond to the pandemic.
The UHC Partnership also received over US$ 29 million in additional funds to assist countries to implement activities that they have identified as urgent national priorities.
Countries are at different stages of responding to the pandemic and have different capacities, resources and needs. The UHC Partnership’s flexibility in terms of funding and adapting to the context and changing priorities has allowed WHO to deliver support in a timely manner, where it is most needed.
The UHC Partnership supports WHO in bringing technical assistance to countries in the areas of policy dialogue, national plans and strategies, primary health care, health security and preparedness, essential health services, increasing infection, prevention and control capacities, health workforce training, strengthening case detection, contact tracing, isolation and quarantine capacities, community and private sector engagement, among others.
These activities and more are documented through the special series of stories from the field on COVID-19.
More resilient health systems
While the response is carried out in the context of COVID-19, it also represents an opportunity for Member States to emerge with stronger health systems and to chart a more aggressive path towards achieving health for all. The UHC Partnership is working to ensure that the investments made throughout the COVID-19 response will result in health system reforms that improve both health security and progress towards universal health coverage.