Follow-up action on pending issues and selected regional committee resolutions/decisions for the last three years : South-East Asia regional health emergency fund.
AbstractThe South-East Asia Regional Health Emergency Fund (SEARHEF) was established through the Regional Committee resolution SEA/RC60/R7. As per the fund’s policies and guidelines, a working group was established to oversee the management of the fund. The working group comprised representatives nominated by all the 11 Member States of the South-East Region. The fund’s resources have been successfully managed and utilized in respect of the following emergencies since it was made operational in January 2008: Cyclone Nargis (Myanmar, May 2008); flashfloods (Sri Lanka, June 2008); Kosi river floods (Nepal, September 2008) ; and the civil conflict in the north of Sri Lanka. In efforts to sustain the fund and improve mechanisms for replenishment of its resources, the Regional Committee, vide resolution SEA/RC61/R2 requested the Regional Director to take steps to roll-over assessed contributions of the fund. Having received a negative response from WHO headquarters to this request due to legal constraints, practical alternatives can be found including a commitment to provide an Assessed Contributions (AC) allocation for 2010-2011 as was done for the 2008-2009 biennium. Increasing the corpus of the fund through Voluntary Contributions (VC), and adopting replenishment procedures will also help in sustaining the fund. The attached working paper is submitted to the High-Level Preparatory (HLP) Meeting for its review and recommendations. These recommendations will be submitted to the Sixty-second Session of the Regional Committee for its consideration.
World Health Organization, Regional Office for South-East Asia. (2009). Follow-up action on pending issues and selected regional committee resolutions/decisions for 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/10665/127746
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