The World Health Organization (WHO) has launched an appeal for US$1.5 billion to safeguard the well-being of the most vulnerable populations in 41 global emergencies in 2024.
This appeal, which was initiated on Monday, January 15, aims to address the needs of over 87 million individuals who are currently facing crises caused by conflict, climate change, and economic instability.
These factors have led to the displacement of people, widespread hunger, and increased inequality.
According to Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the director-general of WHO, disruptions to essential health services in emergency situations can have life-or-death consequences.
Whether it is providing healthcare to mothers giving birth amidst conflict, aiding young children in drought-affected regions, or offering cancer treatment and dialysis, access to healthcare is crucial in saving lives.
Additionally, healthcare services play a vital role in breaking the cycle of vulnerability that often leaves communities in precarious situations, reliant on continuous emergency assistance.
Transformative Impact of 2024 Support:
In 2024, the provision of support will have a profound impact on life-saving healthcare, the distribution of crucial health supplies and equipment, and the maintenance of essential health services to ensure uninterrupted care.
This funding will directly facilitate access to healthcare for communities residing in remote and inaccessible areas, through partnerships with local organizations.
Additionally, it will enable an effective response to monitor, share information, and document outbreaks and attacks on healthcare workers.
Furthermore, it is crucial to emphasize the significance of maintaining existing healthcare systems and building resilience against future threats.
WHO’s Impactful Efforts and Funding Allocations for 2024
The appeal highlights the invaluable value of funding in assisting individuals with humanitarian needs. It is noteworthy that every dollar invested in the World Health Organization (WHO) yields a return on investment of at least US$35.
The allocated funding will be directed towards various regions, including US$334 million for the African region, US$705 million for the Eastern Mediterranean region, US$183 million for the European region, US$15.2 million for the Western Pacific region, US$49 million for the South-East Asia region, and US$131 million for the Americas region.
Ghebreyesus expressed gratitude for the support received in 2023, which enabled WHO to aid millions of people.
As we embark on 2024, the international community’s solidarity and support are more crucial than ever in saving lives, addressing critical health needs of the most vulnerable, and empowering communities to effectively combat future health threats.