This week, on 17 December, the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) will mark its 10 year anniversary. Created in 2005, CERF marked an innovative breakthrough in humanitarian funding by Member States of the UN General Assembly as a “fund for all, by all”. It raises and pools funds before the need arises, and provides fast, predictable funding to partners on the frontlines at the onset of a crisis, as well as financing critically underfunded emergencies.
The El Niño global climatic event has had a devastating impact on millions of people across the globe throughout 2015. East Africa, Southern Africa, the Pacific Islands, South East Asia and Central America will continue to be at risk of extreme weather, including below-normal rains and flooding, in early 2016. The humanitarian fallout in certain areas will include increased food insecurity due to low crop yields and rising prices; higher malnutrition rates; devastated livelihoods; and forced displacement.
A US$20 million boost from the UN’s Central Emergency Fund (CERF) will help in providing life-saving aid in Somalia, but it won’t be enough to halt a deepening crisis, aid agencies warn.
On 10 July 2014, the Emergency Relief Coordinator allocated US$ 1.5 million from the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) to help humanitarian partners in Somalia respond to a deadly measles outbreak.
The CERF funds will allow the World Health Organization (WHO) and the UN Children├óÔé¼Ôäós Fund (UNICEF) to support immunization activities targeting 520,000 children and preventive measures to contain the virus.
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.