Donors gathered at the annual UN central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) High-Level Conference this week to pledge $418.6 million in support of life-saving relief efforts around the world in 2015.
As the number of people in need of humanitarian assistance worldwide grows, humanitarian agencies will again rely on resources from the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) to respond to crises in 2015.
In 2014, after the northeast monsoon failed, crops were damaged by the prolonged drought and water supplies dried up in many regions of Sri Lanka. In July 2014, the Emergency Relief Coordinator approved a US$2 million rapid response CERF grant to support humanitarian partners providing live-saving aid to thousands of people.
A year ago, on 15 October 2013, a deadly earthquake struck the island province of Bohol in the Philippines. With quick support from the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF), the World Health Organization (WHO) got to work immediately to restore a shattered health system.
During the third quarter of 2014, the humanitarian community relied on rapid and strategic CERF funding to kick-start emergency operations and to keep life-saving programmes running. The Emergency Relief Coordinator (ERC) allocated US$70 million from CERF to help humanitarian partners in 20 countries respond to some of the most urgent crises worldwide.
With support from the United Nations Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF), a mine clearance effort has helped restore access to clean water for 4,500 people in Sapna, a community in the north-east of Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Sapna residents had been left without water after the heaviest rains in more than a century caused massive destruction throughout the country. Floods and landslides also shifted thousands of landmines, threating residents and recovery efforts.
With support from the United Nations Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF), the World Health Organization (WHO) has taken the first step to restoring Central African Republic’s (CAR) shattered health system.
In the midst of conflict and mass displacement, WHO undertook a nationwide assessment of the countries health system, providing a complete overview of the functionality and needs of more than 800 hospitals, clinics and other health facilities.
United Nations humanitarian chief Valerie Amos has allocated US$3.8 million from the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) for the UN Humanitarian Air Service (UNHAS) to support humanitarian operations in the Ebola-struck West Africa region.
Reduced commercial travel in the region has hindered the urgent deployment of healthcare personnel and supplies. This has severely affected the scale up of the urgent life-saving response to the Ebola outbreak in the region.
In March 2014, a severe Ebola outbreak rippled through West Africa. In response to the crisis, the United Nations Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) allocated some US$15.2 million to help humanitarian partners fight the epidemic.