Framework document for the African public health emergency fund
Abstract1. In recognition of the inadequate resources available to Member States to combat epidemics and other public health emergencies in the African Region, the Fifty-ninth session of the WHO Regional Committee for Africa adopted Resolution AFR/RC59/R5 entitled “Strengthening outbreak preparedness and response in the African Region in the context of the current influenza pandemic”. The resolution requested the Regional Director to facilitate the creation of an “African Public Health Emergency Fund” that will support the investigation of and response to epidemics and other public health emergencies. 2. The resolution specifically requests the Regional Director to facilitate the creation of the Fund by: (a) developing the justification for and terms of reference of the Fund including the use of WHO financial management systems; (b) consulting the African Union Commission on the establishment of the Fund and advocating to the heads of state and government on the need to contribute to the Fund; (c) proposing to Member States their minimum contribution to the Fund; (d) creating a rotational advisory committee to advise the Regional Director on the utilization of the funds raised; (e) continuing to collaborate with the African Union and the regional economic communities in strengthening disease surveillance in the African Region; (f) to report to the Sixtieth Regional Committee and on a regular basis, thereafter, on the progress being made. 3. This document proposes a framework for the setting up of the Fund including guiding principles, financing mechanisms and core structures. 4. The Regional Committee is invited to review and endorse this proposed framework.
Regional Committee for Africa, 60. (2011). Framework document for the African public health emergency fund. http://www.who.int/iris/handle/10665/1677