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
21 November 2013
As of 21 November 2013, WHO received funding and firm commitments from Australia, Canada, Japan, Norway and the UN Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) for a total of US$ 8.7 million. Rapid deployment of staff and medical supplies has been made possible thanks to contributions made earlier in 2013 to enhance WHO’s surge capacity for acute emergencies from the governments of the Russian Federation, Sweden and the United States of America, and from the European Commission Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection (ECHO).
10 November 2013
WHO responding to health needs caused by Typhoon Haiyan (“Yolanda”)
11 November 2013 -- WHO has activated an organization-wide mobilization to work closely with the Department of Health, Philippines to organize relief efforts for the survivors of Typhoon Haiyan, locally known as Yolanda. The Philippines Government estimates that some 4.5 million people have been affected. WHO is mobilizing supplies to assist the government in providing a coordinated, effective and rapid response.
Current situation and health reponse in the Syrian Arab Republic
The adverse impact of the crisis on the most vulnerable people continues to increase, heightened by the impaired Syrian health system. Even where those in need can access health services, positive health outcomes are undermined by psychological stress factors, hygiene constraints, sub optimal nutrition and, importantly, a lack of medicines, supplies and equipment. To respond to the acute health needs of the estimated 6.8 million people affected by the crisis, including IDPs, until the end of the year WHO requires an additional US$ 56 million.
Health in the Syrian Arab Republic
Over the last six months, the conflict in the Syrian Arab Republic has continued to deteriorate. In addition to a death toll that has already surpassed 80 000 persons, there are and estimated
400 000 people injured, including children, and 6.8 million in need of humanitarian aid. The health system is severely disrupted, compromising the provision of primary and secondary health care, the referral of injured patients, treatment of chronic diseases, maternal and child health services, vaccination and nutrition programmes as well as communicable disease control.
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 [pdf, 1.74BM]
Emergency Response Framework (ERF)
ERF is to clarify WHO’s roles and responsibilities and to provide a common approach for its work in emergencies.