WHO’s Global Health Emergency Appeal for 2022 helps ensure that 1 billion people will be better protected from health emergencies. This new annual appeal covers WHO’s requirements to meet urgent emergency and humanitarian health needs for every region, including the COVID-19 response.

WHO needs US$ 2.7 billion to serve people around the world in the most vulnerable settings, including ending the acute phase of the COVID-19 pandemic. WHO, together with health cluster partners, is targeting support to 160 million people in need of critical health assistance across 56 countries.

“Two years of COVID-19 have stretched health systems, societies and supply chains, leaving vulnerable communities with less capacity to cope.” says Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO Director-General, “The world is witnessing a significant increase in the number of people requiring humanitarian assistance – up from 235 million in 2021 to 274 million in 2022.”

On 20 September 2021, WHO Director-General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus speaks to
hospital staff at the Wazir Mohammad Akbar Khan National Hospital in Kabul, Afghanistan.
© WHO / Lindsay Mackenzie

“Over 80% of WHO’s emergency response funding in 2021 was allocated at country level, to focus our efforts on high‑impact work at low cost. But even with emergency assistance, the populations affected by health crises continue to grow. It is already increasingly likely that WHO will respond to more health emergencies this year than in 2021. WHO’s role as a leader and partner in response to acute and protracted health emergencies will be more important than ever.

“WHO remains fully focused on delivering the health-related Sustainable Development Goals and committed to collaborating with all partners to advance measures for protection against sexual exploitation, abuse and harassment in all operations.

“Even in these very challenging times, WHO has demonstrated the capacity and expertise to save lives and serve those in vulnerable situations. My colleagues and I remain completely committed to working for a healthier and safer future for all people.”

WHO’s Global Health Emergency Appeal 2022 : At a Glance

Grade-3 emergencies WHO is responding to, 12 March 2022

Watch a video showcasing WHO’s role in emergencies across the three levels of the Organization: