Humanitarian Health Action

Questions and answers about WHO's role in Humanitarian Health Action

What is the impact of the Central Emergency Response Fund on WHO’s work?

The CERF is a United Nations emergency relief fund officially launched on 9 March 2006 by the Secretary-General. In December 2006, pledges to the CERF totalled US$345 million. The objective of the CERF is to provide urgent and effective humanitarian aid to regions threatened by, or experiencing, a humanitarian crisis, and UN agencies and their partners can access the funds within the crucial first 72 hours of a crisis.

The CERF has immediately become an essential funding mechanism of WHO’s emergency work. In 2006, CERF grants represented 24% of the funds channelled through WHO’s Health Action in Crises , i.e. more than $24 million, of which $14 million were for rapid response operations and $10.4 for under-funded emergencies.