A girl wears a mask in a displacement camp in Syria
A girl wearing a mask beside her family's tent at a displacement camp in Idlib, Syria



The pandemic is far from over.
Covid-19 is still threatening lives and livelihoods.
Your donations can help save lives.

Bushra*, 9, and her family were forced to flee their home due to the war in Syria and now live in a camp for displaced people in Idlib. Image: Islamic Relief

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Key facts

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8 countries

across which donations are being spent - Afghanistan, Bangladesh, DR Congo, India, Somalia, South Sudan, Syria and Yemen

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estimated percentage of population fully vaccinated in Yemen

Aid workers on the ground say donations have made a real difference and are saving lives.

They have been working tirelessly throughout the pandemic to keep people safe in places where there is little access to healthcare or clean water and families are struggling to feed their children. 

But the crisis is far from over and still threatens many more lives and livelihoods as vaccination rates remain low and waves of coronavirus keep on coming.

Hebdavi, aid worker from DR Congo

Your donations have helped save lives

DEC charities are using your donations to: 

  • Support health facilities with medicine, equipment and oxygen

  • Distribute masks and PPE 

  • Provide families with soap and clean water and public health information

  • Rebuild livelihoods and provide food

Save lives

Help vulnerable communities survive the pandemic.

Aid workers unload equipment after the earthquake and tsunami in Sulawesi, Indonesia in 2018. Image: Hariandi Hafid/British Red Cross

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When large-scale disasters hit countries without the capacity to respond, the DEC brings together 15 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

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appeals launched for major disasters overseas

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£1.7 billion

raised, saving countless lives and rebuilding communities