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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.

Emergency response plans 2017

Nearly 93 million people live in crisis-affected countries. These crises include disease outbreaks, natural disasters and conflict. The crises in each of the countries listed below has had an impact on the delivery of health services, whether or not the crisis is related to a health issue, leaving already vulnerable populations even more at risk.

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.

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Donor alert: Plague in Madagascar

Team members of Institut Pasteur Madagascar (IPM) dissect a rat suspected of being infected with plague during previous outbreak in January 2017.
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Team members of Institut Pasteur Madagascar (IPM) dissect a rat suspected of being infected with plague during previous outbreak in January 2017.

28 September 2017 -- Pneumonic plague has been detected in several cities in Madagascar. It is a form of plague that is highly transmissible (person-to-person) and quickly causes death without treatment. WHO is concerned that the outbreak may spread because it is already present in several cities and this is just the start of the plague epidemic season, which usually runs from September to April. Urgent public health response is required and support is needed to strengthen capacities already available at country level to control the outbreak.

Republic of Korea contributes US$ 1 million to speed up WHO’s operational response to health emergencies

Seoul, 27 July 2017—For a faster response to major health emergencies by the World Health Organization (WHO), the Republic of Korea yesterday committed US$ 1 million to WHO’s Contingency Fund for Emergencies (CFE).

5 places where WHO needs more emergencies funding to help people now

To help people living in some of the world’s most dire emergency situations, WHO relies on funding from Member States. In 2017, WHO has asked for US$ 547 million to deliver health services to more than 66 million people in 28 countries. However, to date, WHO has received less than a quarter of the funds required. Without a significant increase in funding, the health of millions of people will be neglected and many will die needlessly.

Japan gives WHO US$ 14 million to support health services in some of world’s worst humanitarian crises

May 2017 - The Government of Japan provided nearly US$ 14 million to help fund WHO’s work on emergencies in 2017. This is in addition to the Government of Japan’s commitment of US$ 50 million to support WHO's core emergency programme.