In its efforts to tackle poor handling of healthcare emergencies, especially in developing countries, the World Health Organisation (WHO) on Tuesday, May 19, at the 68th World Health Assembly (WHA) set up a $100 million contingency fund.
This was disclosed by the WHO Director General, Dr, Margaret Chan, while declaring open the 68th World Health Assembly.
She promised that never again would the agency and the world be taken by surprise as in the case of the outbreak of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD), cholera, meningitis and other diseases.
“With the support of member states, I am establishing a $100 million contingency fund, financed by flexible voluntary contributions, to ensure we have the necessary resources available to immediately mount an initial response. I am making the following five changes: I am creating a unified WHO programme for health emergencies, accountable to me. I am establishing clear performance metrics for the programme, built on partnerships with other responders.
I am establishing a global health emergency workforce, and I am strengthening our core and surge capacity of trained emergency response staff. I am developing new business processes to facilitate a rapid and effective response,” the WHO DG stressed.
“I have proposed options for a new $100 million contingency fund. I do not ever again want to see this organisation faced with a situation it is not prepared, staffed, funded, or administratively set up to manage. We will move forward on an urgent footing. I plan to complete these changes by the end of the year,” she added.