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Yasuyoshi Chiba

US$ 60 million from CERF kickstarts global appeal efforts to contain COVID-19 pandemic

The Emergency Relief Coordinator today released an additional $60 million from CERF to kickstart efforts towards the global Humanitarian Response Plan to fight COVID-19 in some of the world’s most vulnerable countries.

COVID-19 has killed more than 16,000 people worldwide and there are nearly 400,000 reported cases. It has a foothold across the globe and is now reaching countries that were already facing humanitarian crisis because of conflict, natural disasters and climate change.

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres launched the $2 billion coordinated global appeal, which will aim to deliver essential laboratory equipment to test for the virus, and medical supplies to treat people, install handwashing stations in camps and settlements, launch public information campaigns on how to protect yourself and others from the virus; and establish airbridges and hubs across Africa, Asia and Latin America to move humanitarian workers and supplies to where they are needed most.


Idlib Health Directorate and Civil Defense Crews along with local charities carry out disinfection works at schools and tent cities as a preventive measure against coronavirus Credits: Muhammed Said/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

The allocation from CERF is one of the fund’s largest-ever rapid response allocations and brings CERF’s support to humanitarian action in response to the COVID-19 pandemic to $75 million.

Funding will support the World Food Programme (WFP) to ensure the continuity of supply chains and transport of aid workers and relief goods; the World Health Organization (WHO) to contain the spread of the pandemic; and other agencies to provide humanitarian assistance and protection to the most vulnerable people affected by the pandemic, such as food security, health care including reproductive health and mental health, water and sanitation, nutrition and protection. UN agencies and partners will support the most vulnerable people, including women and girls who are often disproportionately affected, refugees and internally displaced people.

For more information on the appeal click here 

This funding from CERF comes in addition to $ 3.3 million allocated through the country-based pooled funds (CBPFs). In Afghanistan, occupied Palestinian territory and Sudan, CBPFs are supporting WHO efforts in fighting the pandemic. In Jordan, the Jordan Humanitarian Fund is supporting UNICEF to boost preparedness and prevention measures in refugee communities. Other CBPFs are currently closely monitoring the situation in collaboration with WHO, humanitarian partners and health authorities in anticipation of potential allocations.

For an overview of all CERF and CBPFs funded efforts to contain COVID-19, OCHA has also launched a digital dashboard with updates and information on support across 16 countries. To access the dashboard, please click here