World Bank’s Pandemic Emergency Financing Facility
The PEF comprises an innovative Insurance Window, which provides the first-ever insurance for pandemic risk, offering coverage to all low-income countries eligible for financing under IDA, and a Cash Window. The PEF Cash Window helps fill te financing gap that occurs after an initial outbreak and before large-scale humanitarian relief assistance can be mobilised.
The PEF Cash Window has already proven its effectiveness. The Cash Window disbursed US$18 million of much-needed funding for the mid-2018 response to the outbreak of Ebola Virus Disease in Equateur province in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), which was effectively contained. A total of US$50 million from the Cash Window has also been disbursed to fund the shortfall in the ongoing Ebola outbreak in the eastern part of DRC, which has been much harder to bring under control.
World Bank - Australia has provided $9.5 million to the Cash Window.
What will success look like?
The funding results in timely and appropriate financing for public health emergencies that are quickly escalating and may cross borders.