WHO and partners lead appeal for $2.2 billion
Funding is required for essential health care amidst a rising number of humanitarian emergencies
GENEVA — The United Nations’ World Health Organization (WHO) and its partners have collectively appealed for $2.2 billion to provide lifesaving health care to more than 79-million people in more than 30 countries, such as Syria and Ethiopia.
“The situation is getting worse,” said Dr. Bruce Aylward, interim executive director, Outbreaks and Health Emergencies at WHO. “The increasing impact of protracted conflict, forced displacement, climate change, unplanned urbanization and demographic changes all mean humanitarian emergencies are becoming more frequent and severe.”
WHO and partners are seeking to help more than 11-million people in Syria who require medical attention and approximately five-million Syrian refugees living in other countries who need medication and surgical supplies. In Ethiopia, one goal is to provide health services to 400,000 malnourished children in response to the country’s worst drought in decades.
Christian Children’s Fund of Canada is monitoring the situation in Ethiopia and how it’s affecting our communities of operation. Call 1-800-263-5437, ext. 610, to help. To find out more about the Syrian crisis and how you can help refugees in Lebanon receive an education, click here.
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