Donor contributions make it possible for WHO to provide technical assistance, medical supplies and coordination services during humanitarian emergencies. As the lead agency of the Health Cluster, WHO works with UN agencies, NGOs and other partners to address the needs of people in crisis in a comprehensive and coordinated manner. To continue our work and to increase our capacity, funding to both WHO's 'Five Year Plan to Strengthen WHO's Capacity for Humanitarian Health Action' and for the 'Consolidated Appeal' is vital.
Appeals and funding
Revised appeals for the humanitarian crisis in the Syrian Arab Republic and the neighbouring countries
The United Nations and its partners have dramatically increased their 2013 humanitarian appeal for the Syrian Arab Republic and neighbouring countries to approximately US$4.4 billion. Health requirements in this appeal amount to US$177 million for the Syrian Arab Republic, representing 12% of the total, and US$242 million for neighbouring countries, representing 19% of the total. The health aspects of the two appeals are restricted to priority life-saving health needs and medicines, and by no means aim to cover all that is needed for comprehensive health care.
Update on the crisis in the Syrian Arab Republic
The World Health Organization requires US$ 39.8 million until June 2013 to respond to the acute health needs of populations affected by the crisis in the Syrian Arab Republic, estimated at almost four million persons, including internally displaced persons (IDPs) and returnees.
Health response to the crisis in Mali
Health Cluster partners require US$ 29 million to address the health needs of the population affected by the crisis in Mali in 2013, of which US$ 12 million are urgently needed for priority activities in the next six months
Health response to the crisis in the Syrian Arab Republic and neighbouring countries
As the humanitarian situation continues to worsen, WHO has designated the crisis in the Syrian Arab Republic and neighbouring countries a Grade 3 emergency based on the criteria in its Emergency Response Framework. The latest assessments estimate that over four million people have been affected in all 14 governorates of the country. In addition, over 500 000 refugees have fled to five of the neighbouring countries.
Guidelines for donors
- WHO Guidelines for drug donations [pdf 72kb]
- Be a Better Donor: Practical Recommendations for Humanitarian Aid