Rwanda Development Board’s (RDB) CEO Clare Akamanzi has been appointed as one of the founding board members of the newly created foundation under the World Health Organisation (WHO).
Akamanzi will serve on this board alongside Professor Thomas Zeltner and Bob Carter.
In a post on twitter, Akamanzi welcomed the birth of the Foundation calling it, “a crucial addition to ongoing efforts to address global challenges.”
Welcoming the birth of WHO Foundation, a crucial addition to ongoing efforts to address global challenges. https://t.co/iLrAAnVZVs
— Clare Akamanzi (@cakamanzi) May 27, 2020
Headquartered in Geneva, the Foundation which is legally separate from the WHO, will help broaden the WHO’s donor base and work towards more sustainable and predictable funding.
“The creation of the WHO Foundation, as part of WHO’s transformation is an important step towards this goal, and towards achieving our mission to promote health, keep the world safe and serve the vulnerable,” said Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO Director General.
“Today’s announcement is the culmination of more than two years of preparation and hard work by countless individuals and partner organisations. I would like to thank Professor Thomas Zeltner for spear heading this incredible adventure and founding the organization,” he added.
On his part, Prof. Thomas Zeltner, Founder of the WHO Foundation and former Director of the Swiss National Health Authority said, the WHO deserves a strong, independent, external advocate who can support and strengthen its impact.
“Iam proud to lead these efforts and to create this missing piece in global health by establishing the WHO Foundation, said Professor Zeltner.
Africa Tembelea understands that the foundation will initially focus on emergencies such as the coronavirus pandemic, and will also raise and disburse funds for all WHO global public health priorities in full alignment with the WHO member states adopted.