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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.

Humanitarian response plans

Over 90 million people in 26 countries will need humanitarian aid in the coming year. The primary cause of the crises generating Humanitarian Response Plans in 2018 is conflict, but the affected populations are also experiencing disease outbreaks and natural disasters. The crises in each of the 26 countries have had an impact on the delivery of health services, 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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Syrian Arab Republic Q3 donor update

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The humanitarian situation in north-east Syria remains grim, with continued military operations in the area. At the time of writing this report, Ar-Raqqa city – the focus of intense airstrikes in Q3, 2017 – had been retaken by the Syrian Defence Forces. The city is free, but has been utterly devastated. Health care services have been severely disrupted throughout north-east Syria.

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.