Contribution to the WHO Strategic Prepared-ness and Response Plan for addressing the Covid-19 pandemic
More than a year and a half after the emergence of SARS-CoV-2, the virus is still dominating the health, social and economic life worldwide. In the frame of its Covid-19 Strategic Preparedness and Response Plan (SPRP), WHO and partners are strengthening health systems of middle- and lower-income countries in their capacities to enable the rapid uptake and delivery of Covid-19 tools (vaccines, therapies and diagnostics) and to become more resilient to provide essential services at country level.
Health systems strengthening
- World Health Organization
Recognizing that the only way out of the pandemic is by bringing the spread of the virus under control in every country, Switzerland contributes to the global response through an additional credit of CHF 300 million for the Access to Covid-19 Tools Accelerator (ACT-A) (Federal Decree of 04.06.2021). As part of this investment, CHF 10 million are allotted to the WHO for supporting countries to facilitate the deployment of these tools by strengthening health systems. Through this contribution, Switzerland is supporting activities for pandemic preparedness and response that have been underfunded to date. Improved global health security is also in Switzerland's interests.
Results from previous phases:
|Directorate/federal office responsible||
United Nations Organization (UNO)
|Coordination with other projects and actors||1) Covid-19 Diagnostics Partnership; 2) Covid-19 Therapeutics Accelerator; 3) Supporting access to Covid-19 vaccines in humanitarian settings; 4) Additional Contribution to the Humanitarian Action for Children (HAC) window; 5) Additional Contribution to the IFRC Revised Emergency Appeal Covid-19 Pandemic 6) P4H|
|Budget||Current phase Swiss budget CHF 10’000’000 Swiss disbursement to date CHF 9’999’999|