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Contingency Fund for Emergencies (CFE)

Enabling quick action to save lives – the Contingency Fund for Emergencies

March 2018 - Since its launch in 2015, the Contingency fund for Emergencies (CFE) has been providing funding during the critical gap between the moment the need for an emergency response is identified and the point at which resources from other financing mechanisms begin to flow. to date, the fund has made more than 60 emergency allocations for a total of US$ 46 million in response to disease outbreaks and humanitarian emergencies with health consequences.

WHO: Nigeria’s Lassa fever outbreak is slowing, but remains a concern

26 MARCH 2018 | ABUJA, NIGERIA – After nearly 400 confirmed infections and 100 deaths, the spread of Lassa fever in Nigeria is beginning to slow but the epidemic is far from contained, the World Health Organization and the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) have warned. NCDC’s latest data shows that the number of new confirmed and probable cases has been falling for five consecutive weeks, indicating that public health measures are proving effective, but more infections are expected until the end of the dry season, as the viral haemorrhagic fever is endemic to the area.
WHO’s response to Lassa fever in Nigeria is funded by the Contingency Fund for Emergencies and the European Commission.

Nearly half a million children being vaccinated against diphtheria in Cox’s Bazar


14 January 2018, Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh – As part of an intensified response to the current diphtheria outbreak, WHO, UNICEF and health sector partners are working with the Bangladesh Ministry of Health and Family Welfare to vaccinate more than 475 000 children in Rohingya refugee camps, temporary settlements and surrounding areas.

WHO releases US$1.5 million to fight diphtheria in Cox’s Bazar as probable cases exceed 1500


19 December 2017, Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh – The World Health Organization has deployed additional staff and resources to respond to a rapidly spreading outbreak of diphtheria among Rohingya refugees in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh.

Uganda ends Marburg virus disease outbreak

8 DECEMBER 2017 | GENEVA - Uganda has successfully controlled an outbreak of Marburg virus disease and prevented its spread only weeks after it was first detected, the World Health Organization said on Friday (December 8).

WHO's Contingency Fund for Emergencies provides US$ 500 000 to address urgent health needs in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh

WHO Bangladesh/ C. Bercaru

Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, 22 September 2017— WHO has released US$ 500 000 from its Contingency Fund for Emergencies to ensure the quick scale-up of operations in Cox’s Bazaar. Since 25 August, 429 000 people are estimated to have crossed from Myanmar to Bangladesh following violence in Rakhine state. These numbers are expected to increase. WHO is concerned for the many health needs of this vulnerable population. Restoring access to clean water and sanitation is a major challenge to prevent the spread of vector and waterborne diseases.

International Health Emergency Response plan on Marburg virus disease


15 November 2017:- WHO has been implementing the Emergency Response Plan since 20 October 2017 when the Ministry of Health officially declared the outbreak. WHO released US$ 624 000 from the Contingency Fund for Emergencies (CFE) to rapidly respond which has proven to help contain the outbreak.

About the Contingency Fund for Emergencies

The Contingency Fund for Emergencies (CFE) was established by the World Health Assembly in 2015. The CFE gives WHO the resources to quickly mount an effective response to disease outbreaks and humanitarian crises with health consequences. The ability to respond quickly before other donor funding is mobilized can stop a health emergency from spiralling out of control, saving resources and lives.

More information

68th World Health Assembly: Ebola virus disease outbreak and follow-up to the special session of the Executive Board on Ebola: options for a contingency fund to support WHO's emergency response capacity - May 2015

Circular Letter (29 July 2015): Establishment of the WHO Contingency Fund for Emergencies