WHO Health Action in Crises thanks donors for their immediate support and calls for continued assistance for Myanmar
Several donors immediately responded to the call for support aiming at providing emergency health relief to the thousands of people affected by Cyclone Nargis early May 2008.
WHO Health Action in Crises would like to sincerely thank the donors that contributed almost US$ 7 million in cash and in kind to support life-saving operations and to help save lives and reduce suffering. The following contributions have been received so far :
|Donor||Amount in US$|
|Central Emergency Response Fund||1,877,315|
|Norway (cash and in-kind)||1,393,681|
|Tarek Ahmed Juffali Foundation||50,000|
WHO, present in all affected areas, is leading the Health Cluster and coordinating the response with more than 30 UN agencies and international NGOs. The Organization works in collaboration with the Ministry of Health of Myanmar which has requested WHO's assistance for the provision and distribution of medical supplies to the affected regions. The Health Cluster is compiling information on health from partners working in the delta region and ensuring that disease surveillance and preparatory measures are set in place for the possible outbreak of water- and vector-borne diseases. WHO national staff in Myanmar are delivering health emergency supplies and kits directly to the township hospitals.
A Joint Action Plan for the Health Cluster in Myanmar has been finalized and shared with the donor community. This plan will serve as the main roadmap and coordination tool for health operations for the next six months. We would like to encourage donors to continue their support so that WHO can continue providing urgent assistance to the victims of Cyclone Nargis.