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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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Syrian Arab Republic - Donor update Q1 2017

In the first quarter (Q1) of 2017, the situation remained highly unstable. Heavy military activities continued in some parts of the country, while other parts witnessed the reaching of reconciliation agreements. Living conditions remained dire, with around 80% of the population living under the poverty line.

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.

Contingency fund aids rapid response to outbreak of suspected Ebola virus

Responding quickly to an outbreak means moving people and supplies quickly, and that means moving funds quickly too. When WHO received an alert on 9 May of a cluster of unexplained deaths in a remote part of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, it was able to deploy a team to the affected area just a day later, thanks in part to the WHO Contingency Fund for Emergencies (CFE). The CFE was able to rapidly release the money needed for transport and other vital logistics to get the investigation team to where they were needed.

Separated by conflict but reunited: health care in action

7 May 2017 – Thousands of people have been seriously wounded as a result of the conflict in Mosul, with many patients facing permanent disability as a result of their injuries. To date, more than 8000 people, many of them civilians including women and children, have received treatment in hospitals for trauma injuries since west Mosul operations began. For some, these injuries are life-changing.

WHO has released a report on the Organization's activities in Syria in the third quarter of 2016.

Recent contributions to WHO’s work in humanitarian emergencies*


US$ 200 000 for Niger


US$ 422 889 for Bhutan


US$ 2 946 152 for Ethiopia and Syria

OCHA Common Humanitarian Funds

US$ 3 604 945 for Afghanistan, Central African Republic and South Sudan


US$ 250 000 for Nepal

*As in August 2016

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