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News  |  16 March 2020

H&M Foundation donates USD 500,000 to the COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund

A first-of-its-kind COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund is initiated to raise money to support the work to prevent, detect, and respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. The aim is to ensure all countries are prepared, especially those with the weakest health systems. The UN Foundation, at the request of World Health Organization (WHO), has created the fund which already has some major early supporters lined up including Facebook and Google. Today, the non-profit H&M Foundation commits USD 500,000 to the fund’s lifesaving work.

The donation made by the H&M Foundation will support WHO’s immediate global efforts to track and understand the spread of the virus, to ensure patients get the care they need, frontline workers get essential supplies and information, and to accelerate efforts to develop vaccines, tests, and treatments.

The COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund is currently the only way for individual donors and other charitable givers to contribute to WHO’s global response efforts.

“The growing COVID-19 pandemic affects us all and the World Health Organization is doing an extremely important job of leading and managing this global effort. We hope that more organisations and individuals want to join and help, as donations to the COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund are essential to meet funding needs in this fast-moving situation,” said Karl-Johan Persson, board member of H&M Foundation.

”We are all experiencing an extraordinary situation which requires as many as possible to get involved to enable response efforts. The H&M Foundation’s contribution will be used to protect vulnerable patients and health workers in the front line through the establishment of intensive care units and access to protective equipment. We encourage everyone that want to help to get involved,” said Diana Amini, Global Manager, H&M Foundation.

More information about COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund, or how to support go to: www.COVID19ResponseFund.org.

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“Diseases don’t respect borders, and I am so grateful to H&M Foundation for recognizing that this truly global problem needs a truly global solution with everyone doing their part. Their contribution to this historic fund will support the World Health Organization’s lifesaving work to help all countries to prevent, detect, and respond to COVID-19, especially where needs are greatest.”

Elizabeth Cousens, President and CEO of the UN Foundation



  • The COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund, initiated March 13th, was created by the UN Foundation and the Swiss Philanthropy Foundation, together with the World Health Organization (WHO).





  • Through partnerships with organisations around the globe, the non-profit H&M Foundation aims to act as a catalyst for change and accelerate the progress needed to reach the UN Sustainable Development Goals by 2030.Since 2013, its privately funded by the Stefan Persson family, founders and main owners of H & M Hennes & Mauritz AB. In addition to drive change within its focus areas Education, Water, Equality and Planet, the H&M Foundation can also provide emergency relief to affected and vulnerable communities in large scale disasters.
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