14 August 2013: For the first time since 2007, a case of wild poliovirus was reported in Somalia on 9 May 2013. Since that case was confirmed in May, an additional 31 polio cases have been reported in the South Central zone of Somalia. Another six polio cases have been reported among Somali refugees in Dadaab, Northeast Kenya, suggesting the risk of widespread and cross-border transmission of the virus. The escalating incidence of polio in Somalia constitutes a public health emergency, especially in a country that is already challenged by malnutrition, food shortages and roving militia groups. Internally displaced persons and refugees are relocating within Somalia and to neighbouring countries, including Kenya and Ethiopia, which significantly increases the risk of prolonged Read more >>
CERF in Action - Rapid Response
CERF allocates funds through the Underfunded Emergencies window
The Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) has allocated an unprecedented US$175 million to neglected emergencies in 2013. Twelve humanitarian emergencies received some $100 million in the first underfunded emergencies round in January 2013. Another thirteen hidden emergencies were provided some $75 million through the second underfunded emergencies round in July 2013.
The Emergency Relief Coordinator, Valerie Amos, selected the following countries to benefit from the underfunded emergencies window: Bangladesh ($2 million), Chad ($8 million), Colombia ($3.5 million), Democratic People Republic of Korea ($6 million), Djibouti ($3 million), Haiti ($1.5 million), Madagascar ($3 million), Mauritania ($4 million), Myanmar ($3 million), Niger ($8 million), Pakistan ($10 million), Philippines ($3 million) and Somalia ($20 million).