Pakistan: estimating the financial needs and resources for the health response
The Pakistan Initial Floods Emergency Response Plan (PIFERP) launched on 11 August and covering the first three months of the relief effort, contained an appeal for the health sector of US$ 56.2 million, of which US$ 30 million were for WHO. As of 24 September, the appeal for the health sector is 70% funded, while WHO’s component is 82% funded.
Several donors immediately responded to this first call for support. WHO would like to sincerely thank all the donors who have provided more than US$ 20 million dollars (including in-kind donations) to support life-saving operations. We would like to encourage donors to continue their support so that WHO can continue providing urgent relief and early recovery assistance to the flood victims in cooperation with Health Cluster partners.
A revision of the PIFERP was launched on 17 September to cover relief activities for six months and early recovery activities for 12 months. The plan seeks US$ 200 million to fund 94 health sector projects run by WHO (about 50% of all projects) and Health Cluster partners. Pakistan’s health challenges and the humanitarian response plan have been mapped out. Key activities to be funded will include:
- opening more health outposts and service delivery points,
- restoring access to basic health care, treating injuries and chronic conditions,
- controlling disease outbreaks,
- supporting referral to secondary health services of patients suffering life-threatening conditions and needing emergency obstetric and newborn care, and
- supplying medicines.