Yemen Humanitarian Fund allocates US$20 million for COVID-19 response and Rapid Response Mechanism
In August, the Yemen Humanitarian Fund (YHF) launched a reserve allocation to provide immediate life-line funding for the COVID-19 response and Rapid Response Mechanism (RRM) – an immediate life-saving relief package for newly displaced families provided in the first three days of displacement. The allocation provides $10 million to UNICEF to pay hazard allowances to health workers; $1 million to WHO to monitor the payment of allowances; $6 million to UNICEF for COVID-19 Risk Communication and Community Engagement; and $3 million to UNFPA for the distribution of RRM emergency kits.
The funding for hazard allowances will pay more than 4,000 health workers in 37 health facilities designated as COVID-19 treatment centres for severe and critical cases across Yemen. The YHF is covering half of the cost of the allowances, with the other half covered by a bilateral donor. Independent monitors contracted by WHO will check that the allowances are disbursed properly and transparently.
The funding for UNICEF will also be used to mobilize 10,000 community volunteers and influencers who will raise awareness among millions of Yemenis of measures that limit COVID-19 transmission. In addition, UNICEF will procure and distribute Infection Prevention and Control kits to 30,000 families and implement shielding measures for vulnerable groups.
The RRM funding will enable UNFPA to provide assistance to 180,000 newly displaced people over the next 3 months, including those likely to flee fighting in Marib Governorate. RRM assistance includes food rations and hygiene and dignity kits.
Central Emergency Response Fund allocates $35 million for critically underfunded health programmes
The YHF funding has been closely coordinated with a $35 million allocation to Yemen from the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF), recently announced by the Emergency Relief Coordinator.
The CERF allocation will provide funding for top-priority underfunded programmes with specific attention to life-saving interventions for women and girls. The focus will be on enhancing reproductive health services and support for the Minimum Service Package (MSP) – a health delivery mechanism that strengthens access to health care services, including preventative services that reduce the risk of the transmission of deadly diseases, such as cholera. It will also support the provision of nutrition assistance to children under age 5 and to women and girls. Overall, the CERFfunded interventions will benefit nearly 3 million vulnerable Yemenis.