2 August 2012, New York: International star Beyoncé, the United Nations and humanitarian aid organizations are launching a global campaign today to shine a spotlight on humanitarian work and encourage people around the world to get involved by doing something good for others. World Humanitarian Day is a global day to celebrate humanity and the spirit of people helping people. The World Humanitarian Day music video for Beyoncé’s song “I Was Here” will be filmed in the UN General Assembly Hall in New York in front of a live audience. It will be released globally on 19 August. Beyoncé and songwriter Diane Warren are donating the video to the campaign. “World Humanitarian Day celebrates humanitarian work,” said Valerie...
Meningitis outbreak in Ethiopia supported with $2.9 million from the CERF
30 March 2012: The Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) provided US$2.9 million to the World Health Organization (WHO) to reduce deaths and illness due to a meningitis outbreak in Ethiopia.
With CERF funds, 1.3 million doses of vaccine will be procured and distributed to high risk woredas (local administrative districts) for meningitis vaccination campaigns.
An estimated 1.2 million people between 2-30 years of age will be vaccinated and drugs will be given to treat some 7,000 meningitis cases.
CERF provides $1.1 million in food aid for displaced in Ethiopia
Conflict and tensions between the Borena and Gabra tribes in Moyale, Kenya intensified during January 2012 causing the displacement of some 12,000 people into Moyale, Ethiopia. An estimated 48 people have been killed, 1,251 people are missing and more than 9,000 households displaced due to the conflict. For host and displaced families in Ethiopia, the number of daily meals has been reduced from three times per day to one or two.
While humanitarian aid has been provided to support health, clean water, sanitation and non-food items for displaced people, there has been limited funding for food aid. In response to the need to support displaced communities and relieve the burden of host communities’ assets and livelihoods, the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) provided a grant of US$1.1 million to the World Food Programme (WFP) for emergency food aid targeting 29,000 people affected by the crisis.
CERF in Action - Rapid Response
CERF in Action - Underfunded Emergencies
With humanitarian needs increasing, CERF allocated some US$55 million for the second underfunded emergencies window in August 2012 to bolster operations in eight neglected humanitarian emergencies.
Allocations for Afghanistan, Cameroon, Colombia, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Ethiopia, Madagascar, Sri Lanka and Sudan bring the total amount provided by CERF for underfunded emergencies this year to more than $158 million.
Thirteen countries were given nearly $104 million in the first 2012 underfunded round in January 2012.