The COVID-19 global health crisis continues to disrupt life for all members of society. As the crisis evolves, communities across the world face continued social and economic disruptions. There is urgent need for a united global response to provide relief efforts and support the world’s most vulnerable communities.
The Caterpillar Foundation is focused on building stronger and more resilient communities. As part of its commitment to create global impact, the Foundation contributed to the COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund, which is dedicated to coordinating the effort, supporting countries to prevent, detect, and respond to the pandemic.
The COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund supports the World Health Organization’s (WHO) global and local relief efforts. It was created through a partnership between the United Nations Foundation, the WHO, and the Swiss Philanthropy Foundation. Early allocations of the Fund include more than $70M to the WHO to procure and distribute essential commodities, including personal protective equipment (PPE) and testing kits to more than 125 countries; $10M to UNICEF for its work on COVID-19 supporting vulnerable countries with access to water, sanitation and hygiene, and basic infection prevention and control measures, and to provide access to care for vulnerable families and children; and $20M to the World Food Program to maintain Solidarity Flights delivering critical equipment including PPE to countries around the world.
To track and understand the spread of the virus, the Fund is conducting initial research and working with partners like the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI) to find an effective vaccine. These efforts were made possible through the ongoing support of the global community, which has helped the fund raise more than $210 million from over 343,000 donors. The generosity of the global community continues to have a positive impact on thousands of lives worldwide.
The COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund is one of the many contributions that the Caterpillar Foundation has made to respond rapidly to the COVID-19 health crisis. By supporting large-scale organizations, we are better able to increase our impact and aid with local, national and global relief efforts to ensure that our communities are equipped to emerge stronger together from this pandemic.