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[Comment] Who should finance WHO’s work on emergencies?

In May, 2015, the 68th World Health Assembly approved the decision to reform the work of WHO on emergencies by creating a single programme for outbreaks and health emergencies, and an accompanying Contingency Fund for Emergencies (CFE).1 According to latest estimations, the core funding needs for the programme and the initial capital of the CFE will, respectively, range about US$300 million per year and $100 million.2 To respond effectively to emergencies, these resources should be flexible, predictable, and directly accessible.

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