Republic of Korea contributes US$ 1 million to speed up WHO’s operational response to health emergencies
Seoul, 27 July 2017—For a faster response to major health emergencies by the World Health Organization (WHO), the Republic of Korea yesterday committed US$ 1 million to WHO’s Contingency Fund for Emergencies (CFE).
The pledge was announced during a high-level meeting on “Delivering Global Health Security through Sustainable Financing” which was convened by WHO and the Korean Government in Seoul on 26-27 July 2017. The aim of the meeting was to identify sustainable financing mechanisms and ways to increase and improve efficiency of global and domestic financing for health security.
At the signing ceremony, high-level representatives from the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC) and WHO discussed some of the key crises the CFE funds may be used for, such as providing a rapid response to the next major disease outbreak, disaster or humanitarian emergency.
“Partners like the Republic of Korea are vital to enabling WHO to respond within 24 hours of an emergency, thereby saving lives and limiting the spread of disease and its associated societal and economic impacts,” said Dr Mike Ryan, Deputy Executive Director of WHO’s Health Emergencies Programme. “We welcome the Republic of Korea’s continued commitment to Global Health Security and now specifically to WHO’s work on emergencies through its vital contribution to the Contingency Fund for Emergencies.”
Since its creation in May 2015, CFE funds have supported WHO activities in 30 health emergency responses, including outbreaks of Ebola virus, yellow fever, cholera, Rift Valley fever and Zika virus, as well as natural disasters such as Cyclone Winston in Fiji and Cyclone Donna in Vanuatu, and the climatic effects of El Niño in Papua New Guinea.