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Contingency Fund for Emergencies: Impact and achievments

24 February 2017 -- The Contingency Fund for Emergencies has saved lives and helped avert disease outbreaks through targeted interventions. The following overview provides a summary of where, when and why funds have been used and how WHO has delivered results on the ground in response to 15 emergencies worldwide with the US$ 19.96 million disbursed by the Fund.

Contingency Fund for Emergencies income and allocations

- Contributions and pledges to the Contingency Fund for Emergencies as of 23 February 2017 total US$ 32.65 million.

- Allocations to date total US$ 19.77 million in support of WHO activities in response to: the humanitarian crisis northern Cameroon, the outbreak of necrotising cellulitis in São Tomé and Príncipe, the cholera outbreak in Yemen, Hurricane Matthew in Haiti, the outbreak of Rift Valley fever in Niger, the humanitarian crisis in north-eastern Nigeria, the cholera outbreak in DRC, the public health impact of the El Niño extreme climate event in Ethiopia and Papua New Guinea; the conflict in Libya; the yellow fever outbreak in Angola, Democratic Republic of The Congo, and Uganda; Tropical Cyclone Winston in Fiji; and the response to microcephaly clusters and neurological symptoms possibly associated with Zika Virus.

Contingency Fund for Emergencies releases funds to support response to el Niño in Papua New Guinea

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7 June 2016 -- The Contingency Fund for Emergencies (CFE) released US$ 483 000 at the end of May to support WHO’s response to the health consequences of food and water shortages in Papua New Guinea caused by the El-Niño climate event.

World Health Assembly: new funds and disbursements for emergencies


7 June 2016 -- The sixty-ninth World Health Assembly at the end of May saw a flurry of new activity for the WHO Contingency Fund for Emergencies (CFE), with a number of countries announcing either first-time pledges or building on previous contributions. Germany, which has already contributed US$ 1.1 million, announced two further contributions totalling US$ 2.66 million, whilst Sweden announced its first contribution of US$ 1.12 million.

Contingency Fund for Emergencies award to facilitate rapid response to yellow fever in DRC

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16 May 2016 -- The WHO Contingency Fund for Emergencies (CFE) released US$ 399 000 on 7 May to provide further support for the response to yellow fever outbreak currently affecting Angola and Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). The new funds will facilitate vaccination campaigns and strengthen surveillance in DRC. The new disbursement is in addition to an earlier allocation of US$ 1.76 million to support the response to yellow fever in Angola.

About the Contingency Fund for Emergencies


The World Health Assembly, established a Contingency Fund for Emergencies (CFE), on 26 May 2015. The CFE is a replenishable fund established to provide the resources necessary to rapidly scale up WHO’s initial, acute response to outbreaks and emergencies with health consequences.

The CFE will fund the first 3 months of WHO’s acute emergency response. The CFE is fully funded by voluntary contributions, flexible within the fund’s scope.