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Information for current and future partners in WHO's work in emergencies

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.

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

17 December 2015—The World Health Organization (WHO) joined in the celebration today marking the 10th anniversary of the United Nations Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF). This United Nations emergency fund receives voluntary contributions year-round to provide immediate funding for life-saving humanitarian action anywhere in the world. CERF makes money available when it is needed most: at the beginning of a crisis, when time is of the essence and emergency relief operations must get under way quickly. The fund also provides funding to the world’s most neglected crises.

Recent contributions to WHO’s work in humanitarian emergencies


US$ 697 561 for Guatemala


US$ 3 000 000 for Iraq

UNDP Multi-Partner Trust

US$ 1 080 165 for the Central African Republic

UN OCHA pooled fund

US$ 8 955 402 for Yemen

United States of America

US$ 365 940 for Nepal

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