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WHO celebrates 10th anniversary of the UN’s Central Emergency Response Fund

Nikesh is 12 years old. When a massive earthquake struck Nepal, within 48 hours UN CERF was there with millions of dollars in life-saving funds — funds used by WHO to treat Nikesh, until his smile was restored.
WHO/A. Bhatiasevi
Nikesh is 12 years old. When a massive earthquake struck Nepal, within 48 hours UN CERF was there with millions of dollars in life-saving funds — funds used by WHO to treat Nikesh, until his smile was restored.

14 December 2015 -- In South Sudan, the World Health Organization (WHO) is working alongside the Ministry of Health to implement a new disease early warning system capable of monitoring approximately 500 000 people in hard-to-reach settings for only three cents per person.

WHO providing emergency life-saving health services to internally displaced persons in South Sudan

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WHO/Christopher Haskew

14 December 2015 -- In South Sudan, the World Health Organization (WHO) is working alongside the Ministry of Health to implement a new disease early warning system capable of monitoring approximately 500 000 people in hard-to-reach settings for only three cents per person.

Escalating crisis in Ethiopia: 2 million children and mothers face malnutrition and disease

December 2015 -- In Ethiopia, some 400 000 children face severe malnutrition in 2016, and another 1 million children and 700 000 pregnant or breastfeeding women face moderate malnutrition. More than 8 million people are expected to need food assistance next year. Those who are malnourished are more likely to get sick during disease outbreaks; and when they get sick more likely to die. Urgent action is needed to prevent escalation of this crisis.

Yemen 12.5 million people in need of healthcare - additional funding is needed

December 2015 -- The conflict in Yemen continues unabated. Despite the insecurity, WHO and health partners are working in the country to provide health assistance. With offices in Sana’a and Aden, WHO has become one of the main providers of medical supplies in the country. In 2015 it distributed 300 tonnes of medicines and supplies and supported 71 health facilities, not only with health supplies but also with fuel, which has become a serious constraint for the delivery of health services. WHO still needs US$46 million (out of the US$83 requested in the Humanitarian Response Plan) and together, all the organization members of the Health Cluster in Yemen, need over US$ 40 million.

Syria crises: Donor update Q3 (July - October 2015)

November -- The humanitarian crises in Syria and Iraq are categorized as grade 3, the highest level, and I fear we might expect more conflicts and crises have long-term consequences for health. We have seen in this region how public health gains, developed after decades of hard work and investment, are wiped away in just a few months." - Dr Ala Alwan, WHO Regional Director for the Eastern Mediterranean

Health assistance to millions in violence-afflicted Lake Chad Basin hampered by lack of funding

3 November 2015 – Violence continues to devastate the lives and health of the millions of people in the Lake Chad Basin – an area covering north-east Nigeria and parts of Cameroon, Chad and Niger. The World Health Organization (WHO) and humanitarian partners are appealing for urgent funding to cope with profound health challenges in the sub-region.

Reform of WHO’s emergency capacities

WHO's emergency reform process is focused on strenghtening and consolidating eh Organization's capacities and partnerships to respond to and prepare for all crises that impact on people's health and disrupt the delivery of health care services. WHO is undertaking a thorough review and reform of its capacities in emergency risk management and response to outbreaks and emergencies with health and humanitarian consequences.

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.

We need the support of the international community to achieve our aspiration – 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.

Together we can minimize the health consequences of crises today and in future.

Donations, firm pledges and funding gap Grade 3 and Grade 2 emergencies - 9 December 2015