United Nations Central Emergency Response Fund Disburses $32 Million for the World's Most Under-funded Emergencies
UN Emergency Relief Coordinator Jan Egeland said the beneficiaries of the CERF funds would be Haiti, the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere, as well as the African states of Burundi, the Central African Republic, Chad, Côte d'Ivoire, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ethiopia, Guinea, Kenya, the Republic of Congo, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
CERF made its first donations in March, when the World Health Organization received $1.7 million to strengthen immunization campaigns, augment disease surveillance, and train more health professionals in Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia, and another $200,000 for emergency health and sanitation aid in Côte d'Ivoire. But unlike the funds disbursed in May, these were not specifically for long-term under-funded emergencies.
CERF was launched to replace an existing, but under-funded UN account that had only $50 million in resources.
“UN Disaster Relief Fund Makes First Donations for Under-resourced Emergencies,” UN News Service, 10 May 2006.