Who should finance WHO’s work on emergencies?
The Lancet In May, 2015, the 68th World Health Assembly approved the decision to reform the work of WHO on emergencies by creating a single programme for outbreaks and health emergencies, and an accompanying Contingency Fund for Emergencies (CFE).
According to latest estimations, the core funding needs for the programme and the initial capital of the CFE will, respectively, range about US$300 million per year and $100 million.
(...) The funding priorities of the largest donors have historically favoured the health and humanitarian sector, but reliance on a high influx of voluntary contributions might no longer be realistic. In many countries, development aid has been under increasing pressure as a result of budget cuts after the financial crisis and the subsequent economic downturn."(Photo: Wiesbaden112.de/ flickr)