Wellcome’s partnership with the World Health Organization

Wellcome is working with the World Health Organization (WHO) to take on big challenges in global health.

About the partnership

Building on many years of collaboration, Wellcome became a non-state actor in official relations with the WHO in February 2018. This means we can play a more active part in WHO processes, for example by participating at sessions of its governing bodies and organising side events.

At a strategic meeting with the WHO in November 2018 we identified our shared goals, and the experience, networks and resources we can pool to work on them together.

Strategic priorities

Our partnership with the WHO focuses on:

Together we will monitor progress on these strategic areas and review whether to add to them in future. Potential new areas we are exploring in 2019 include mental health, climate and health, and neglected tropical diseases such as snakebite.

How we work together

Wellcome supports the WHO by:


Our work with the WHO includes:

Antimicrobial resistance

We’re working with the WHO to strengthen research, surveillance and optimal use of antimicrobials by:

Global health research and development

To push this goal, as part of the Global Action Plan on the Sustainable Development Goals, we’re supporting the WHO to consult with a broad range of partners and stakeholders. The aim is to:

Funding to the World Health Organization

Over the past three years, we have provided more than $20 million in funding to the WHO to support work such as:

  • a national research plan for Lassa fever in Nigeria
  • a United Nations governance working group to tackle antimicrobial resistance
  • a three-year pilot scheme for the WHO internship programme
  • research response to the Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo
  • development of a World Meteorological Organization / WHO Health and Climate Science Portal.

Have a look at all grants awarded to the WHO from 2013 to April 2019 [XLSX 44KB].

More information

Contact us

If you have any questions, contact Alice Jamieson.