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WHO is committed to saving lives and reducing suffering in times of crisis. Yet we can only carry out this important work if we have the resources to do so.

WHO relies on voluntary contributions from Member States and other partners to fund our work in emergencies. Together we can achieve our goal -- a WHO that is well-equipped to respond quickly and effectively to any emergency which threatens the lives and health of people anywhere in the world.

Funding needs for WHO's core emergency capacity 2016-17

Total requested US$ 118 111 411

WHO’s core emergency capacity encompasses work in support of Member States’ preparedness for emergencies, the Global Health Cluster, organizational readiness for emergency response, information management, policy development and advocacy.

WHO emergency response plan funding needs 2016

Total funding needs US$ 594 822 863

WHO is currently responding to more than 30 humanitarian emergencies with health consequences worldwide. Since crises are unpredictable, total funding needs for WHO’s emergency response will change over time.

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Recent contributions to WHO’s work in humanitarian emergencies*


US$ 200 000 for Niger


US$ 422 889 for Bhutan


US$ 2 946 152 for Ethiopia and Syria

OCHA Common Humanitarian Funds

US$ 3 604 945 for Afghanistan, Central African Republic and South Sudan


US$ 250 000 for Nepal

*As in August 2016

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