Follow-up on selected resolutions/decisions of the last three years: South-East Asia regional health emergency fund
AbstractThe South-East Asia Regional Health Emergency Fund (SEARHEF) has been established to provide immediate financial assistance to Member countries for meeting their health requirements following an emergency. As a first step, a contribution of US$ 100 000 was received for the Fund from the Royal Thai Government in October 2007. Additionally, US$ 1 000 000 (one million US dollars) were approved and allocated in January 2008 under the Regular Budget for the 2008-2009biennium. Efforts are on to mobilize resources through voluntary contributions from partner agencies to enhance the corpus of the Fund. For oversight and governance of SEARHEF, a Working Group represented by each of the Member countries of the WHO South-East Asia Region has been established, the first meeting is of the group scheduled to be held on 5 July 2008. With SEARHEF in operation, WHO successfully met the immediate financial needs of populations affected by the Cyclone Nargis in Myanmar (May 2008) and floods in Sri Lanka (June 2008). The views and recommendations of the Meeting of the Advisory Committee (ACM) on this agenda item will be submitted to the Sixty-first Session of the Regional Committee for its consideration.
World Health Organization, Regional Office for South-East Asia. (2008). Follow-up on selected resolutions/decisions of the last three years: South-East Asia regional health emergency fund. New Delhi : WHO Regional Office for South-East Asia. http://www.who.int/iris/handle/10665/126814