CERF funding boosts COVID-19 response and underfunded health programmes
The Second Reserve Allocation, launched by the Yemen Humanitarian Fund (YHF) on 21 August to provide life-line funding for critical elements of the COVID-19 response and support the Rapid Response Mechanism (RRM), is in process. The allocation injected US$16.8 million into the COVID-19 response, to pay hazard allowances to health workers and fund Risk Communication and Community Engagement (RCCM). In addition, the allocation provided $3 million for the distribution of emergency kits to newly displaced people in hard-to-reach locations.
In September, OCHA supported the Humanitarian Country Team in developing a proposal for $35 million to the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF).The objective of the CERF allocation is to support the public health response with a specific focus on women and girls. Funding will focus on enhancing reproductive health services and maintaining the Minimum Service (health) Package in priority areas, including WASH services, and alleviating the nutritional impact of the current crisis on children under age 5 and women and girls.