New variants of Covid-19 threaten to overwhelm
health systems and cost many lives around the world.
Help vulnerable communities survive the pandemic.
countries in which donations will be spent - Afghanistan, Bangladesh, DR Congo, India, Somalia, South Sudan, Syria and Yemen
people in need of assistance in Yemen, the world’s worst humanitarian crisis where Covid-19 is surging
As restrictions slowly ease here in the UK, new variants of coronavirus threaten to overwhelm health systems and cost many lives overseas.
Millions of people living in fragile states have little access to medical care or clean water, making them much more vulnerable to new, more contagious variants of coronavirus.
But in many countries the economic effects of the pandemic could be even more deadly than the virus itself as millions of people are pushed towards famine due to falling incomes and rising food prices.
We need your help to:
support fragile health systems with PPE, equipment, and isolation and medical care facilities
help give vulnerable families the means to protect themselves with water, soap, handwashing stations and information
ensure that the Covid-19 crisis doesn’t mean people go hungry and children become malnourished.
Volunteers demonstrate good handwashing practice in South Sudan. Image: Peter Caton/Action Against Hunger
Coronavirus Appeal Six-Month Report
DEC charities have been using donations to the Coronavirus Appeal to help people protect themselves from Covid-19 and ensure they have enough food. During the first six months of the response, DEC funds provided 10,000 frontline workers with PPE, delivered handwashing items to 260,000 households, and supported 97 health facilities.
Find out more about how donations to the DEC were spent in the first six months of the response.
Aid workers unload equipment after the earthquake and tsunami in Sulawesi, Indonesia in 2018. Image: Hariandi Hafid/British Red Cross
ABOUT THE DEC
When large-scale disasters hit countries without the capacity to respond, the DEC brings together 14 leading aid charities to raise funds quickly and efficiently. In these times of crisis, people in life-and-death situations need our help and our mission is to save, protect and rebuild lives through effective humanitarian response.
Pooling our resources to work as one, we are pivotal in co-ordinating the UK public's response to overseas disasters. In collaboration with our Rapid Response Network of national media and corporate partners, we raise the alarm to the UK public and set up easy ways for them to donate.
And we have immediate impact, getting aid to people who need it, fast.
Since our launch in 1963
appeals launched for major disasters overseas
raised, saving millions of lives and rebuilding communities