Humanitarian Health Action

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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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