Germany becomes biggest single contributor to WHO’s Contingency Fund for Emergencies
Enlarge image June, 12 2017: Signing of an agreement: US$ 3 million for CFE - Dr Pete Salama, Executive Director of WHO’s Health Emergency Program, and Ambassador Dr Ulrich Seidenberger. (© StV)
The Federal Foreign Office contributes additional US$ 3 million to the WHO Contingency Fund for Emergencies (CFE). The new pledge comes on top of a recent US$ 5 million contribution from the German Ministry of Health, and will bring the total German contribution to the CFE to over US$13 million.
The WHO CFE has disbursed over US$ 19 million to support a range of emergency responses in the 2 years since it was launched. In April alone over US$ 2 million has been released so far to help fund the scale-up of WHO’s activities in response to a cholera outbreak in Somalia and the effects of famine in Ethiopia.
On 19 and 20 May Germany hosted the first ever meeting of G20 ministers of health, and in setting out her priorities for the G20 programme, German Chancellor Merkel stated that “it is time to assess the steps taken and to identify possible gaps in efficient health crisis management.” The Contingency Fund for Emergencies continues to help WHO deliver help to more people more quickly by reducing the Organization’s reliance on traditional, and slow, funding mechanisms for crisis response.
Germany is now the biggest single contributor to the CFE since the fund’s creation in May 2015. The country’s latest pledge brings the fund’s capitalization up to US$42 million; the target capitalization is US $100 million.