WHO Foundation


The WHO Foundation is an independent grant-making foundation focused on addressing the most pressing global health challenges of today and tomorrow.

By funding high-impact initiatives and advancing strategies of innovation, effectiveness, and rapid response, it will support the global health ecosystem. Headquartered in Geneva and legally independent from the WHO, the Foundation will work responsibly with individual donors, the general public and corporate partners to strengthen health systems globally. Specifically, the WHO Foundation will support global public health needs, from prevention, mental health, and non-communicable diseases to emergency preparedness, outbreak response and health system strengthening.

“Health is a global public good, and I believe we can create a world in which everyone can live a healthy and productive life regardless of where they live. WHO is dedicated to this goal and the creation of the WHO Foundation is an opportunity for a seismic shift in global health, redoubling our efforts toward this goal.” 

Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO Director-General

Leadership


Prof. Dr. Thomas Zeltner

Founder and Chair of the Board
Thomas Zeltner, former Swiss Secretary of Health (1991-2009), has a long history as an innovative leader in health. He regularly represented Switzerland at the World Health Assemblies and was a member of its Executive Board. Since 1992, he has been Professor at Berne University and is a Visiting Scientist at the Harvard School of Public Health. He is also board member of the Medical University of Vienna and chairman of Swiss UNESCO commission. Zeltner is born in Berne. He graduated with a MD from Berne University and is a Doctor of Law (honoris causa) of the University of Neuchâtel.

Clare Akamanzi

Board member
Ms. Clare Akamanzi is an International Trade and Investment Lawyer, who is currently the CEO of the Rwanda Development Board and a Cabinet Member. She has served the Government of Rwanda, in several senior positions for the last 15 years. Ms Akamanzi is a Harvard Kennedy School MPA alum, and also holds an LLM (International Trade and Investment) from the University of Pretoria, South Africa. She was a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum and was named one of Africa’s Top 50 Powerful Women by Forbes in 2020.

Bob Carter

Board member
Bob Carter is a recognized global expert in institutional strategy and fundraising. He is chair of Carter; an international consultancy dedicated to advancing philanthropy worldwide. He previously was Senior Advisor for Changing Our World and Omnicom Non-profit Group and spent 26 years with Ketchum, 15 as President and CEO. Carter is past chair of the Association of Fundraising Professionals International, the National Aquarium, and Boys’ Latin School. He has been a trustee for numerous others  including The Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy. He is a graduate of the Johns Hopkins University and a Certified Fundraising Executive.

“The WHO deserves a strong, independent, external advocate who can support and strengthen its impact. I am proud to lead these efforts and to create this missing piece in global health by founding the WHO Foundation.”

Professor Thomas Zeltner, Founder of the WHO Foundation

Partnerships


Global health matters for everyone, everywhere.

The WHO Foundation is an exceptional opportunity to shape the future of global health together. Be part of this journey and engage in a long-term strategic partnership. Contact us at: partnerships@whofoundationproject.org

Donations


Support the WHO Foundation. The health of future generations is in your hands.

DONATE to the WHO Foundation
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All donations made to the WHO Foundation are tax-deductible to the extent feasible by relevant national laws.All donations are made via fiduciary partners based in different countries, in order to make your donations efficient.Our actual partners are Swiss Philanthropy Foundation (Switzerland), United Nations Foundation (United States of America) and King Baudouin Canada (Canada). More partners will come soon.

Support the response to Covid-19 through the WHO Foundation.

DONATE to fight COVID-19
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All donations made to the WHO Foundation are tax-deductible to the extent feasible by relevant national laws.All donations are made via fiduciary partners based in different countries, in order to make your donations efficient.Our actual partners are Swiss Philanthropy Foundation (Switzerland), United Nations Foundation (United States of America) and King Baudouin Canada (Canada). More partners will come soon.

Support the Beirut Port Blast Emergency Strategic Response Plan with the WHO Foundation.

Donate to support Lebanon
For bank transfers and further payment information, please select your country.
All donations made to the WHO Foundation are tax-deductible to the extent feasible by relevant national laws.All donations are made via fiduciary partners based in different countries, in order to make your donations efficient.Our actual partners are Swiss Philanthropy Foundation (Switzerland), United Nations Foundation (United States of America) and King Baudouin Canada (Canada). More partners will come soon.

The World Health Organization provides global leadership in public health within the United Nations system. Founded in 1948, WHO works with 194 Member States, across six regions and from more than 150 offices, to promote health, keep the world safe and serve the vulnerable. Our goal for 2019-2023 is to ensure that a billion more people have universal health coverage, to protect a billion more people from health emergencies, and provide a further billion people with better health and wellbeing.

The Foundation was created under Swiss Law, the Statutes can be found here. The relationship between the WHO Foundation and WHO is regulated by a MoU, which can be found here.

News


Announcement of the creation of the WHO Foundation at the WHO Media Press Briefing - 27 May 2020

Contacts


General information:  info@whofoundationproject.org