South-East Asia Regional Health Emergency Fund (SEARHEF)

  • It is a dedicated fund aimed at building preparedness for health emergencies in South Asia
  • It is being set up by India along with 10 other member countries of World Health Organisation’s (WHO’s) South-East Asian Regional Committee
  • The new funding stream will allow these countries to invest in infrastructure and human resources that will enhance preparedness
  • In the recent years, earthquakes, cyclones and floods have caused health emergencies in south-east Asian region.
  • It has also been threatened by a range of emerging diseases, including SARS, MERS CoV, pandemic influenza and Zika virus

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