The One World – Together at Home global concert, managed to raise funds to fight the COVID-19 pandemic. The Concert has amassed over 127 million US dollars! The eight-hour Concert which took place on Saturday 18 April 2020 was co-organised by the World Health Organisation, Global Citizen’s Hugh Evans and musician Lady Gaga.
“I’d like to start by thanking the many musicians, comedians and humanitarians who made Saturday’s One World, Together at Home’ Concert an enormous success. So humbled, and the whole WHO community is very grateful for the support that poured over 8 hours. The event raised more than US$127 million to support several organizations responding to COVID-19, including US$55 million for WHO’s Solidarity Response Fund. The fund has now raised more than 194 million dollars from more than 270 000 individuals, corporations and foundations,” said the WHO Director-General, Dr Tedros Ghebreyesus, on Monday 20 April 2020.
Thanking his co-organisers, the World Health Organisation Director-General gave a special tribute to his colleague Paul Garwood who was the brains behind the Concert. WHO wanted to re-emphasize that relaxing restriction is not the end of the epidemic in any country. Ending the epidemic will require a continued effort on the part of individuals, communities and governments to keep containing and controlling this deadly virus. Lockdowns can help to take the heat out of a country’s epidemic, but they cannot end it alone.
World Health Organisation Director-General advised countries to ensure they can detect, test, isolate and care for every case, and trace every contact.