On 11 March 2020, the Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO) declared that COVID-19 was a pandemic. The World Economic Forum, acting as a partner to WHO is mobilizing businesses and corporations to support COVID-19 response through in-kind donations of critical items. Businesses and corporation should consider supporting WHO’s COVID-19 Disease Commodity Packages (DCPs).
WHO has developed onlien tools to forecast countey needs for supplies/equipment and health work force during the COVID-19 pandemic, including an online application form to collect and categorize in-kind offers. Take Action - SUBMIT YOUR IN-KIND OFFER HERE
DCPs are a series of diseases specific datasheets that list the critical commodities and the technical specification of reach commodity per disease. The DCPS are based on three standard intervention pillars:
- Prevention and control
- Case management
The COVID-19 DCP includes commodities for a range of activities including Sample Collection and Diagnostics; Triage/Screening (PPE); Supportive Treatment; PPE and Health Care Facilities.
The priority to mobilize business contributions of critical items for COVID-19 response focuses on:
- A support mechanism for business donations and contributions to COVID-19 response;
- Through the support mechanism, facilitate the availability and access of critical items to those that need it the most
- Expedite the donation process by acting as a liaison between business and recipient organization