A family member looks on as several funeral pyres of those patients who died of COVID-19 disease burn up
A woman watches funeral pyres burn in New Delhi



Covid-19 is spiraling out of control in India,
with the health system unable to cope. Help the
most vulnerable face this devastating surge.

A family member looks on as funeral pyres of coronavirus patients burn during a mass cremation in New Delhi. Image: Naveen Sharma/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images

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Key facts

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2.7 million

confirmed new cases of Covid-19 in India last week, a global record

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total confirmed coronavirus deaths in India, although the actual figure may be higher

DEC charities are responding to the crisis in India by providing medical supplies, treatment facilities and logistics support to overwhelmed health services.

With your help, we can do more to help the most vulnerable communities as they face a life-or-death situation. Find out more.

Himesh Patel

Coronavirus Appeal for India with Himesh Patel

We need your help to: 

  • support India’s health system with PPE, equipment, and isolation and medical care facilities

  • 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. 

Save lives

Help India's most vulnerable people face a devastating coronavirus surge.

A boy stands at the entrance to a tent in a muddy camp in Syria

Farid* stands at the entrance to his tent in a displacement camp in Syria. Image: Karam Almasri/DEC

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Coronavirus in fragile states

Launched in July 2020, the DEC Coronavirus Appeal has been funding work in six of the world's most fragile states - Afghanistan, DR Congo, Somalia, South Sudan, Syria and Yemen - as well as the Rohingya refugee camps in Bangladesh.

Our Breaking Point report looks at how the pandemic is pushing these places towards catastrophe and how DEC charities have been using donations to help people affected.

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 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

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appeals launched for major disasters overseas

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£1.7 billion

raised, saving millions of lives and rebuilding communities