18 March 2020 | Statements

Unitaid and COVID-19

Geneva – As it becomes clearer that the COVID-19 pandemic will affect millions of people around the globe, it is also increasingly evident that it will disproportionately touch the most vulnerable amongst us. In common with other global health actors, Unitaid is reviewing its activities, in particular in the many countries in which Unitaid is currently supporting interventions.

Unitaid is in discussion with its partners to explore potential actions and innovations within existing investments that could boost the global response to this new virus, which are relevant and actionable within a meaningful timeframe. Unitaid is asking its existing grant implementing partners to look at the possibility of assigning unspent money or of reassigning project savings. It will also assess potential additional investment in light of the current pandemic.

As part of its response, Unitaid is also asking partners to consider the impact of COVID-19 on people receiving treatment or support through its grants, as well as on the personnel involved in delivering these important services.

During these extraordinary times, the global health community must stand together to find solutions to protect vulnerable populations, especially those in countries with weaker health systems, who are likely to bear the brunt of this pandemic.

For more information:

Martin HARVEY ALLCHURCH | +41 79 249 35 29 | harveym@unitaid.who.int

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