Giving Compass’ Take:
• Kate Dodson reports that 11 nations pledged money to the World Health Organization’s Contingency Fund for Emergencies. The funds will help mitigate challenges with global health security.
• How can the private sector support organizations managing health crises?
• While securing this funding is significant for the World Health Organization, other international agencies still need funding to fight the same issues.
Eleven nations pledged an additional $15.3 million to the World Health Organization (WHO) to support the rapid response to international disease outbreaks and humanitarian health crises.
Globalization means health crises can spread faster than ever. With more people displaced worldwide than at any time in the last 75 years and weakened health infrastructure in fragile and conflict-affected areas, there is greater potential for health emergencies to arise.
We all have a stake in quickly addressing health crises, which is why the funds pledged to WHO’s Contingency Fund for Emergencies (CFE) by these 11 nations are a vital and encouraging sign of shared commitment to strengthening global health security.
The money is meant for emergency use, enabling WHO to immediately access funds and quickly take lifesaving action, even while other resources may be mobilized. A small upfront investment in emergency situations saves lives and dramatically reduces subsequent costs.
These funds are being put to work to help slow the spread of Lassa fever in Nigeria, which has killed 100 and infected 400. And with CFE support, WHO and UNICEF are joining partners to vaccinate half a million Rohingya children living in refugee settlements in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, from diphtheria.
WHO is aiming for $100 million in funding for the CFE by 2018-2019, so the international community has a way to go.
Read the full article about funding for global health emergencies by Kate Dodson at the United Nations Foundation.
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